Last week all of our favorite television shows, news, and made-for-TV movies were supposed to disappear off of the antennae-wavelength airwaves and be available only in digital format. The shutting down of the analog bandwidths to TV stations is presumably to open them up instead to emergency channels and more cell phones. This has been in the works for years, but this year we finally felt ready; only Congress ended up extending the deadline to June. A lot of TV stations made the switch anyway.
In honor of the kind-of-sort-of-official switchover to digital, here are some factoids about the history of the TV, and how it has shaped both our technology and created a whole new venue for artists and creative minds to explore. Too bad there’s evidence that the viewing of TV is bad for one’s brain.