“I think it has brought the world much closer together and will continue to do that!” Steve Jobs on Television
In recognition of the tremendous impact that Television has over the lives of millions, and the effort it puts to bring world attentions to conflicts, Social issues, economical statuses and world news, The United Nations assembly proclaimed the 21st of December as “World Television day”!
The UN acknowledges that television can be used to educate many people about the world, its issues and real stories that happen on the planet. Television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination. It is used to broadcast freedom of expressions and to increase cultural diversity. The UN realized that television played a major role in presenting global issues affecting people and this needed to be addressed.
On December 17, 1996, UN General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day to commemorate the date on which the first World Television Forum was held earlier that year. The UN invited all member states to observe the day by encouraging global exchanges of television programs focusing, among other things, on issues such as peace, security, economic and social development and cultural change enhancements.
Why is Television so important in our society?
Despite the drastic development of internet and technology, Television remains one of the main sources of information! One can still argue that Television might mislead, and is no longer considered by some as a reliable source of news yet every home has one or more!
Television has served societies as a tool for entertainment , a window to the world long before internet, and an inter-social liaison! It is nowadays still playing the role of the surrogate voice or messenger on behalf of many who cannot speak for themselves!
Happy World Television Day!