television, especially cable news, has a fatal weakness for the superficial and the shiny.
Similarly, television shows that include gay characters are lauded for being so “brave” and for changing culture for the better.
Nearly everything that happens in television happened before—and now, thanks to technological evolution, will happen again.
1907, "the action of seeing by means of Hertzian waves or otherwise, what is existing or happening at a place concealed or distant from the observer's eyes" [OED]; in theoretical discussions about sending images by radio transmission, formed in English or borrowed from French télévision, from tele- + vision. Other proposals for the name of this then-hypothetical technology were telephote (1880) and televista (1904). The technology was developed in the 1920s and '30s. Nativized in German as Fernsehen.
Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. [Clive Barnes, "New York Times," Dec. 30, 1969]Meaning "a television set" is from 1955. Shortened form TV is from 1948.