Early America was essentially known for it's agricultural and exploration achievements, while Europe was at the
time, still considered the cultural mecca that early Americans looked toward for their education, etiquette and
cultural cues. As time passed, Americans started to move away from the traditional European culture and
entertainment, largely in part to the influx of immigrants from various countries around the world, and began to
generate it's own ideas and creations of various aspects of popular culture. Additionally, Americans are given
the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression in the constitution, and are not restricted in their
artistic and cultural endeavors. Popular culture has been described as "mass" or "common" culture, although it
could be more specifically described these days as 'commercial' culture. America also has traditionally
absorbed the culture of it's immigrants and sometimes the outcome, is itself, a whole new culture. Some
examples include American "Chinese" food vs authentic Chinese food, and the absorption of specific cultural
arts from other countries like yoga, origami and anime. If we look through the decades at American culture, we
are presented with an astonishing picture of how America has not only expressed itself through every
entertainment and cultural channel, but has increasingly dominated in these areas globally as well.
1950's - The explosion of television in the US
Prior to 1950, although it enjoyed limited commercial availability, television existed in a form that would be
unrecognizable to us today. Most of the broadcasts were only able to be viewed in the city they were broadcast
in, and sometimes only in the same actual building. The picture itself was an array of almost unrecognizable
lines and silhouettes that offered little in the form of entertainment. The late 40's improved the quality of
viewing, as well as incorporating larger screens, however once WWII began, local broadcasting was minimized
and most were ultimately suspended until after the war.
However the idea was set, and soon after the war, television broadcasting was renewed with vigor.
Manufacturing, which had been frozen during the war was begun anew. Technological advances that were
created during the war period contributed to improving television, and television networks focused on
nationwide advancements. The economy was improved after the war, which allowed television set prices to