Many of you may have heard the report from the New York Times this week regarding the amount of time kids spend using some form of media device. I will be investigating various aspects of this article in the coming months.
I am a child of the 50′s when radio, record players and TV were the main sources of media entertainment within the home. I spent most of my day playing outside, climbing trees, riding my bike, roller skating and playing games with my friends. I would come in and sit on the floor in front of our radio and listen to kids programs that allowed me to create my own mental pictures created by sound effects and great story telling. I also had a variety of long playing records that kept me entertained for hours. We got our first TV around 1951 and I loved watching Sheriff John at lunch while eating a grilled cheese sandwich and soup and at night my parents and I would watch variety shows, I Love Lucy, My Little Margie or December Bride. The subject matter was pretty innocuous and much was left to the imagination. Most programming was live and simple in comparison to today’s amazing technical advances in the industry.
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