From the time television arrived on the scene in the 1940s through the heyday of the three major networks into the 1970s, the way people watched TV remained essentially unchanged. Then the introduction of video recording systems and cable altered the relationship between the medium and its viewers. The prevalence of the Internet, smart phones, and user-produced content has changed the landscape again. Renowned television historian Walter Podrazik, author of ten books on pop culture (including the newly expanded second edition of Watching TV), leads a conversation about TV watching--then, now, and in the future.
Recorded Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Chicago History Museum.