As the second oldest member of the Mac360 staff of techno-writers, I have a different perspective on what constitutes television in the 21st century because I came from an era where TV was fully understood by the entire range of masses engaged in the boob tube.
Television today is different. It’s not longer a giant and utterly Hulk-like box in the corner of the living room. Television today ranges from giant 75-inch flat panel displays that get their own wall to TV in your pocket.
Let’s blame Apple for the change.
Yes, I know it’s not fair to blame Apple for killing something that still exists, but the blame game is what it is, and Apple share part of the blame for the transformation. OK, let me back up a couple of generations, back to my grandparents home, where I grew up in Georgia, and what has happened in the past five or six decades spanning centuries.
TV as I knew it growing up consisted of that big hulking box in the corner, an antenna on the roof, and 3.5 channels. ABC, CBS, NBC, and sometimes, the nearby independent channel. To get each channel clearly would require some antenna adjustments. When the channel selector broke, a clamp wrench on locking pliers would do the trick.
Yes, those were the days.
For a few decades we basked in an expanded version of the ancient past with higher quality video and greater selection with Cable TV. 30 channels and nothing good to watch.
Compare those early generations to what Apple hath wrought on humankind.
The iPhone is our miniature window to the rest of the world– YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Instagram, iTunes, and every Cable TV channel you can imagine, all within a touch and each available anytime, anywhere, and for little effort or cost.
YouTube alone has 23-million channels, and there still is little worth watching. Maybe that’s a generational issue. Or, just the discerning mind of a red, white, and true blue boomer.
Yes, you can still get television OTA, as they call it. Over the air. As in antenna and cable. Local broadcast TVs are still around and millennials are impressed you can watch so much TV for free. Still, Apple share some of the blame by creating hardware platforms with legs that take them anywhere and all the content stored inside goes along for the ride, and each is able to connect to download almost any kind of content you can imagine.
Television is not what it used to be and I tend to think mankind is worse off because of it. Yes, Apple shares some of the blame.