chapter  12
18 Pages

TODAY’S TELEVISION, TOMORROW’S WORLD

ByPatrick Hughes

It’s growing harder to distinguish between television sets and computer terminals: they look increasingly similar, and have an increasing number of functions in common. As those similarities increase, we need to think differently about today’s television, because it is outgrowing its original mission to ‘educate, entertain and inform’. Changes in television are part of broader changes in the communications industry as a whole. These broader changes include the integration of press, broadcasting, telecommunications, and computers within new corporate structures; a reduction in the number of people who own the media; alterations to the range of films and television programmes available internationally; and a dilution in the various forms of regulation within which the media have traditionally operated.