Justine Jones was kind enough to share a few memories into growing up around TV media spaces in the early 80s and how times have changed in terms of the way TVs are more commercially abundant and in when they’re active.
(A picture of the television Justine had, http://globomidia.com.br/sites/globomidia.com.br/files/televisao-colorida.jpg)
The TV Justine grew up with was described as bulky, having a separate table stand and it being an early colour device that had lots of channels that were just pure static. It had a switch to slide the power on as well as a slide dial for the volume. The actual television didn’t have a remote which meant all operations required someone to walk over to it. It was situated in the living room that was really only used for television watching. The space had decorative items around it and it also hosted the family telephone on the top. This was the single tv of the house and the act of sitting down and watching a program wasn’t an everyday thing. Detailed in the conversation I had with Justine, she talked about how the tv wouldn’t be left on if no one’s watching it. Morning shows (like Today and Sunrise) weren’t around so in mornings when the family were getting ready for the day the only media device that was on was the radio.
The moments recollected by Justine in terms of growing up around a TV were that it was dominated by the parents of the household. The kids weren’t allowed to watch it leisurely without the presence of the Mum and Dad. She clearly remembers Sunday being a day where the family would gather as a collective and watch the afternoon football followed by programming such as The Sullivan’s or Little House On The Prairie. The tv had to be controlled via the sides as there wasn’t a remote control option. The lounges weren’t used by the children they had to gather around the floor in front of it only the parents would have chairs. A really interesting point Justine made on the programming on tv was she never used a television for her news source. The radio and newspaper always detailed current affairs but the TV was predominately used for entertainment.
When reminiscing about TV memories and habits about the shows watched more memories seemed to flowed which was something I found very interesting. It really correlated with the idea of emotional connections to memories and how the subject itself isn’t what’s remembered its quirky links with the TV space, for example Justine links a lot of the television memories with actually not being able to touch it or watch it solo. It was a treat or an event to sit around the TV during her childhood.
There were new experiences in terms of how society has changed in the way the television and the media space it creates is more relaxed and a more accepted norm and mode of entertainment. The family where Justine grew up would gather and focus all their attention to the TV which was also controlled only by the parents (in terms of volume and programming). The phone sitting on the top of the tv was an interesting set up, if the phone was to ring the TV would be turned off and the people would be left to devise a new activity as the parents weren’t present.
Perhaps from this small conversation, the research could go into society and culture during that period of time. Looking at trends of the times of which families would watch tv, the ratings of shows released (and were they targeting an older audience around this time) and ways in which the television is now considered by most as a multi-purpose device in terms of content it can produce. As a continuum or a project to stem from this research, they’re could be a showcase of how television now is majorly involved with wireless connections and the internet. The content the audience has within this media space has changed and now the media space the television is in can have multiple functionalities. Bringing this all together in a video with a comparative feel to it would be a way I’d approach a project with my informant.