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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Before TV Series - 1600s

Awakenings from Then 'til Now steps back in time over five centuries (1600s to 21st century) exploring events that define who we are as a nation and a people. It speaks of hardships and sorrow but never without hope in tomorrow. One aspect that evolved, rather than being invented by one single individual, is television...the boob tube, idiot box, the tube, the telly, TV! By whatever name it is called one fact remains: The TV without a doubt has taken over the home since its inception. 

How did news get around before TV? Here is a glimpse. . .

Before TV: Seventeenth Century
News from across the sea depended upon safe arrival of ships carrying newspapers and other communications from England. The colonists welcomed any news from their homeland, especially erudite letters echoing European tradition.

Vital in communications
The newspaper did first proclaim
Decrees reached mass society
Reporting acts of death and pain
 During the late 1600′s, the Gazette was brought to the American Colonies
by ship captains where it was widely circulated in coffee houses, 
providing mostly European news to the information-starved 
(and sometimes homesick) colonists.

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Ideological and religious divisions
Ran deep, not easily resolved
Biblical translations reflected harmony
As new testimonials evolved

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Science, scholarship, and education
Were topics of the hour
Religion, status, and politics
Shrouded those of power

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 Scientists exchanged ideas
Along with news of the learned world
Erudite letters described trials
Usually the only written word

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Needed quests for prevailing knowledge
Led adventurers to cross the sea
Music, dramatic art, poetry
Reigned before the new age of TV

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Sharla Lee Shults