(Sorry Bruce, but I disagree)
Last summer in my Oral Communication (Speech) class, we had a very interesting conversation about the "latest" and "greatest" forms of communication. Specifically how technology has changed the way we communicate with one another.
Are we communicating LESS now that there are so many different forms out there? Emails versus Letters...etc.
How many times have you seen someone texting on a device instead of talking to the person RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM?
My instructor required us to write a paper on the subject. (I specifically talked about BLOGS in my paper AND people following treads seen on TV) He personally thought that television had revolutionized communication more than anything else has.
(More people worldwide have televisions versus computers & the fact that the new "thing" with mobile devices is watching television)
I definitely thought about that last night while I watched episode after episode of THE OFFICE (current season). Here I was ONLINE--watching television. (And just for the record, I can NOT get enough of THE OFFICE!)
Also via Netflix I have watched more TELEVISION episodes than films this year. My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks...plus I'm on season 3 of Felicity.
OH! And I've begun The Tudors! At first I though it would do me some good with all of this British History and Literature I'll be studying this year. But if you know anybody other than JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS who looks so good in tights, please let me know.
Moral of the story? Television is awesome and has changed the way we communicate with one another, very much so.
(I was going to talk about The News, Programming and how it dictates our lives, Advertising...maybe some other time)