After talking to fellow students about their little interviews with parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties and what not, I think we all gathered a pretty common opinion. The TV was exciting because it was new. It was different, advanced and unlike anything they had seen before. As if they weren’t going to be immediately distracted by its programs. It brought light entertainment into the family home and let’s face it, the invention of the TV meant consumerism was booming– it was quite an easy way to advertise/brainwash.
Looking over fellow classmate, Hannah Ragen’s, post where she interviewed her father, there are clear differences between his initial interaction with TV as opposed to my grandmother’s.
“My dad’s fondest memory of the television in their house growing up, and the first thing he told me about, was feeding the possum that used to crawl through the window and sit on top of the tele, which “was much better entertainment than whatever was playing on TV!””
I find it interesting how Hannah’s dad, Peter, found other and, quite simple things, more amusing than the television at this time. In contrast, my grandmother was completely in awe of the television and its small amount of programs. This would have been both of their first interactions with a screen, but perhaps it was the different points in their lives that made this interaction stronger or weaker. Barbie had grown most of her life with minimal advances in technology, to the point where today’s standards expand far beyond her realm of understanding (but mostly because she won’t let them in). Whereas the people of our parents’ generation are more than happy to evolve– is this because they want to or feel they have to?
In terms of keeping up with technological times, the TV is almost archaic. They might be making them bigger and better, but mostly everyone has one and they’re not our main point of entertainment by any standards (unless you’re my grandmother 😉 ). With the internet, and more importantly, social media, I think our parents feel as if they have to keep up. My mother might not have Facebook (don’t worry– my Dad’s onto that one), but she can text and she’s on Instagram. It’s great that her friends and family are on there too, it’s a wonderful way for her to keep in touch and see what’s going on in their lives. But parents don’t fool me… I know majority of them would have gone online in the first place to suss out what their kids are up to online. My dad used to look at Myspace page (although he didn’t have one) long before Facebook and other sites came into use. He was keeping an eye on me.
I think this is such a strong example on how interaction with the TV changes throughout generations. For Barbie, it was so huge– the invention of the TV. She had waited a lot of her lifetime to see something like that. Computers, mobile phones and all the apps that come with them, didn’t happen much later for her. For our parents, TV was introduced to them so young… they were sitting in front of it, waiting for the next screen to come along and steal their attention– whether they realised it or not.