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The Language of Television by Albert Hunt

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PART ONE

The Television We've Got

exploring a hidden curriculum

In the past thirty years television has radically changed the way most of us spend much of our time.

The change came about very rapidly, sometime between 1950 and 1970.

In 1950 only ten per cent of the population of Britain had television sets. By 1963 only ten per cent were without them. The number of television licences issued rose from three million in 1953 to fifteen million in 1968. By the 1970's Raymond Williams was able to state “categorically” that “most people spend more time watching various kinds of drama than in preparing and eating food”.

It's clear that any medium which engages so much of our time and attention must in some way be affecting our perceptions of the world. ...

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