Why Is Everything Today So Shallow?
The hidden change to culture, politics, society, the media, and religion, in the 21st century
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Television, Communists, and Ronald Reagan
After the horror of World War 2, America was ready to watch some television.
According to livinghistoryfarm.org: “After the war television was something few had heard of. That changed quickly. In 1945, a poll asked Americans, “Do you know what television is?” Most didn’t. But four years later, most Americans had heard of television and wanted one! According to one survey in 1950, before they got a TV, people listened to radio an average of nearly five hours a day. Within nine months after they bought a TV they listened to radio, but only for two hours a day. They watched TV for five hours a day.”
Much the same as the radio before it, television had everything. It was magical. You could watch the news, comedy, and church, all in a little box.
During the sixties, America elected the president who looked better on TV — John F. Kennedy.
“The first-ever televised presidential debate took place on September 26, 1960, in Chicago and was broadcast on CBS to 66.4 million TVs across the country. The two very different candidates were neck-and-neck in the polls at the time, but only one of them seemed to understand the potential power of the event in which they were about to participate. (…)
Neither man accepted help from CBS’s makeup professional, but Kennedy supposedly brought his own team for touch-ups on a face that was already glowing from time out in the sun. Nixon, meanwhile, looked drained, had a terrible five o’clock shadow, and was sweating profusely. His suit blended in with the dried paint on the set wall, making Nixon a literal shadow of a man on TV.”