The Times has published a correction to an article it published on 14th Jan about the closure of the last TV factory in Britain. I read the original article with a certain nostalgic sadness and at the same time a little wonderment about how we’ll all end up watching ‘TV’ in the future. It’s a pretty incredible journey we’ve made since the first public demonstration of television in 1925 by John Logie Baird. The Times article has a great timeline of TV history but it does stop short at 2006, failing to mention YouTube or the launch of the iPlayer, which let’s face it have pretty much changed everything in the media sphere.
I was pleased to learn that Toshiba are still making TVs in Plymouth: “Toshiba has asked us to point out that it is still making large-screen televisions at its Plymouth factory. We are happy to set the record straight”, say The Times, giving a nod to the happy fact that some actual ‘things’ are still being manufactured in Blighty, although not many, hence the barrage of comments posted following the publication of this story.
Anyway, I was also pleased to learn that the telly was first called the Televisor, which sounds wonderfully archaic and grand and I think someone should now invent an InteractiveWebTelevisor that does something amazing – but I’m not sure what! Maybe something with smell-o-vision and motion sensors and teleportation. Hmmm.
As previously mentioned I run “Goodbye Old TV ” groups on Facebook + Flickr too if you’re interested (just for fun) in Evil Edna, the Box, the telly and all that. All I know is that I like catching up on Masterchef on my laptop and just got an iPhone so I can now watch telly on that too. Imagine what Logie Baird would have made of all that!