It's been over 90 years since television was invented. 

Human behavior and also their needs and wants have changed over time. The "idiot box" has also come a long way in these years. Screens have gotten bigger and thinner, just like mankind's knowledge about various things.

Television has played a remarkable yet scary role in molding human behavior, their thoughts, political interests, and most importantly, creating the idea of need. The "idiot box" has allowed us to see those moments, people and places, which would have been possible only through photos, otherwise.

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird and American inventor Philo Farnsworth are considered pioneers of the technology, making crucial contributions to the development of electronic television.

Television has given birth to countless memorable shows that have set our imagination free, while news broadcasts helped us gain more knowledge.

It's 2020 and being up to date and informed is the new cool statement. Even though smartphones and tablets have taken away a big chunk of its audience, television has not lost its original viewers. Television continues to entertain, inform and influence the core section of the population. 

Noticing the growing influence of television, the United Nations in 1996 declared Nov. 21 as World Television Day.

On this day, here are a few quotes about television, courtesy Good Reads and Wise Old Sayings

  • "Television is a triumph of equipment over people, and the minds that control it are so small that you could put them in a gnat's navel with room left over for two caraway seeds and an agent's heart." ― Fred Allen
  • "Television was not intended to make human beings vacuous, but it is an emanation of their vacuity." ― Malcolm Muggeridge
  • "Television is the menace that everyone loves to hate but can't seem to live without." ― Paddy Chayefsky
  • "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." ―  Groucho Marx
  • "We're all watching each other, so there's no chance for censorship. The main problem is the idiot TV. If you watch local news, your head will turn to mush." ― Ray Bradbury

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