Effects of Media on People

I. Introduction

Media nowadays is considered a window for learning and is also considered to be

our main window to the world. Media has evolved from simple text in papers, to voices in

radios, to voices with pictures in television and movies, to the very broad and information

packed Internet. But as we all know, media has changed and evolved since then.

Media then was primarily used to deliver news across the town and to beef up the

people with the information they need for their everyday life. Then, newspaper was the

only form of media until radio came into the picture. When radio came it became the most

popular form of media. Then when television was born, it replaced radios and people turn

to television for sources of information. But before the end of the millennium, Internet was

born. Internet is now the most popular form of media not only to youngsters but also to

adults because of its diversity and usefulness.

As kinds of media evolve, contents also evolve. From recorded news to live news

via a satellite. From simple text to attractive graphics. From variety shows to teen

oriented programs. Media has changed a lot since it started.

II. Kinds of Media


The fossils found in American garbage dumps clearly show the evolution of the
radio into the television set. Layers of fossil garbage from the WWI era (10 million
years ago) contain fragments of radios that use vacuum tubes. The first televisions
appear in the WWII layer (8 million years ago) that lies immediately above the WWI
layer. The components in these early television sets are nearly identical with those in
the WWI radios, so the radio clearly evolved into the television. Both the radio and
television show signs of further evolution, with transistors replacing tubes in later

Radios evolved into televisions through a process of random mutations and
natural selection. All radios are built on an assembly line according to plans. When
completed, the radios are tested to make sure they work. Occasionally, a radio is
assembled incorrectly. In most cases, assembly errors cause the radio to work poorly,
or not work at all. These errors are detected in the testing phase, and the faulty radios
are destroyed.

In very rare instances, however, an assembly error actually causes the radio to
work better than normal. When this is detected in the testing phase, the radio is studied
to find out what the difference is. The plans are modified to incorporate the beneficial
error, and all subsequent radios are built this way.

Over a period of 2 million years, the radio gradually evolved into a television
set. Although the transitional forms have never been discovered, we know how this
happened. One day, on a whim, a worker decided to add a picture tube to the radio.
The picture tube didn\'t actually do anything, because there weren\'t any horizontal or
vertical deflection circuits yet, but the little white dot in the center of the screen
impressed the inspector so much that he changed the plans so that all future radios
would have picture tubes. Some years later, another worker added deflection circuitry
to make the little dot move across the screen from left to right and top to bottom. Since
this was much more fun to look at, it was incorporated into the plans. Of course it cost
more to build radios this way, but for some reason the moving light spot added some
survival benefit in the electronics market. Since consumers would not buy a radio
without a moving dot, all competing radios were built this way.

At exactly the same time, somebody at a radio station decided to hook a camera
up to the transmitter, instead of a microphone, just to see what would happen. The
image was broadcast from the radio station to the television set, and the broadcast
industry was born. Of course this is ridiculous. But is it any more ridiculous than the
evolutionists\' story of the development of the eye? Is it any more ridiculous than the
evolutionists\' fable about how wasps and figs had to have evolved at the same time so
they could allow each other to reproduce? We don\'t think so.

Certainly television did evolve from radio, in a particular