Mass Media Timeline

By SchaubM
  • Newspaper

    Newspaper
    Newspaper is a printed publication containing news stories and information. It became one of the first ways to spread the news and was a big industry. It is still used today, but it has been phased out due to the development of the internet.
  • First Typewriter

    First Typewriter
    The typewriter was a mechanical and electrical machine that allowed for writing words in a printed fashion. When the typewriter was launched, it gained success. It was used for newspapers, important documents, and eventually it became common for people to own them.
  • Radio

    Radio
    The invention of the radio changed communication in the country. News, music, and shows were broadcast over the radio. It was also where the first public inauguration address was shown.
  • Yellow Journalism

    Yellow Journalism
    Yellow journalism is a type of news reporting that presents little to no accurate news stories and is only created to use eye-catching headlines to gain public attention, so more papers could be sold. It was used to spread propaganda to gain public support over political or social ideas. It was a tactic used by the media.
  • Radio Inauguration

    Radio Inauguration
    The inauguration of Calvin Coolidge was the first national broadcast . It was a radio event that tuned in a lot of the American people. He spoke his famous words, "“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.”
  • Television

    Television
    Radios were very popular in the 1900's. However, when the invention of television came around, it changed how people entertained themselves. Although television was invented in 1927, most households did not own one until the 1950's. The television has and still plays a major role in influencing public opinion and spreading information around the world.
  • Federal Radio Act

    Federal Radio Act
    It was an Act to regulate radio use for public interest. It was established to combat chaos and bring order back to radio broadcasting. There are still regulations today in media.
  • FDR Fireside Chats

    FDR Fireside Chats
    Fireside Chats was the name given to a series of addresses President Franklin D. Roosevelt provided over the radio. This station was used to inform the public of his policies and update the people on current events. The series ran from 1933 to 1944 and it made American citizens feel more connected with their president.
  • Federal Commissions Act

    Federal Commissions Act
    This was an act passed along with the Federal Radio Act and it was intended to enforce order in radio broadcasting. The Commission established worked to grant and deny licenses to companies. It also worked to regulate indecent or profane language over the radio.
  • FCC

    FCC
    The FCC is the Federal Communications Commission and it was created to regulate communications by radio, television, and printing press. Its goal was to work towards competition, public safety, and homeland security. Today the FCC still regulates songs on the radio and content that is broadcast on television.
  • Equal Opportunities Rule

    Equal Opportunities Rule
    This law came about for radio and television broadcast stations to ensure they provide equal time to opposing political candidates. This was created because the FCC feared this would create a media monopoly over news content. It was also feared they would have great influence over political elections by only presenting one side.
  • Color Television

    Color Television
    Color television was established in 1944, but not widely owned until the 1970's. The innovation of television revolutionized the media industry. People could not only hear the news and see who is reporting it, but they could see more details of the person reporting it. Color television displayed public preference and fascination for people based on physical features.
  • Reasonable Access Rule

    Reasonable Access Rule
    It was a rule the FCC implemented to require broadcast stations to make their facilities available for expression of conflicting views. This was created to make news coverage of controversial issues more available to the public.
  • Chicago Tribune Declares the Wrong President

    Chicago Tribune Declares the Wrong President
    In the 1948 presidential election, the public and the media was convinced that Thomas Dewey, governor of New York was going to beat Truman for the presidency. In an effort to complete a deadline, the Chicago Tribune printed the first post-election issue before the results were in from the eastern states. They claimed, based on the the results from other polling places, Truman would lose. In result, Truman did not lose and the newspaper falsely declared Dewey president.
  • Fairness Doctrine

    Fairness Doctrine
    It required holders of broadcast licences to present controversial ideas that were of importance to the public. The commission wanted them to do so in a way that was honest and balanced in their view. The main idea of the policy was to ensure viewers were being exposed to diverse viewpoints. It was made to keep the public informed.
  • Harry S. Truman Inauguration

    Harry S. Truman Inauguration
    This was the first televised inauguration in history. This speech marked the second term in his presidency, but first full term. In his speech, he spoke of the New Deal and other policies he was hoping to improve or implement.
  • JFK Inauguration

    JFK Inauguration
    JFK inauguration was the first to be televised on colored television. During the event, JFK spoke his most famous words, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." He also spoke on important social and foreign issues that appeal to the American people.
  • CNN

    CNN
    CNN was the first news network broadcast on television to provide 24 hour new coverage. The news station provides coverage on national and global news around the world. It has been making headlines by President Trump for being a platform of propaganda for Liberals.
  • First Laptop

    First Laptop
    There were large efforts in the 1970's to 1980's to build a portable computer. When it came out, only a small handful of people had access. However, now, laptops have been upgraded drastically and almost everyone owns one.
  • Internet

    Internet
    The internet began its development in the 1960's, but the first world wide web didn't happen until the 1980's. The world wide web changed society by connecting people together around the world. In the 1990's it became common for people to own computers or even use them.
  • AOL

    AOL
    AOL is an online service provider and web portal designed for the Verizon company. It was used heavily in the mid 1990's for e-mailing and instant messaging. Now, it is used as a web browser and though not as popular, its invention is still significant.
  • Fairness Doctrine Repeal

    Fairness Doctrine Repeal
    The Fairness Doctrine went under fire after almost forty years of being in place. It was repealed by FCC, claiming it to be a violation of freedom of speech. However, affect the repeal many people believe it is not contributing to political polarization in the country. Many are advocating for its return, but Conservatives and Libertarians are against it.
  • Yahoo

    Yahoo
    Yahoo was a search engine that was owned by Verizon. It soon became famous for online browsing and yahoo mail. It is also used globally as a news site.
  • Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality
    It is a law that states internet service providers mus treat all data on the internet the same and not discriminate against or charge differently for any user, content, platform, or application. It was to block internet service providers from intentionally block, slow down, or charge money for specific website or content. It was made for the public interest to have completely freedom to information.
  • Fox News

    Fox News
    Fox News is a news channel that has come under fire for over a decade. Fox news has been accused of being biased by promoting conservative platforms. Many people have trouble seeing where the channel separates the commentary and news. It is also a preferred outlet for President Trump.
  • Google

    Google
    Google was created as an internet search engine. Users could access it without having an account and use it to gain information. Google is useful for searching up websites or facts that is needed. It is used around the world today.
  • Myspace

    Myspace
    Myspace is a social networking site created to offer individuals an interactive space for making friends, communicating, and being exposed to blogs, pictures, or music. This site a significant influence on popular culture when it was first launched. It was not until the invention of Facebook, Myspace lost out on users.
  • Vimeo

    Vimeo
    Vimeo is a video sharing website where users can upload, share, and view videos. It is used as a platform for media personalities and average citizens, expressing their creativity. It is a website that also showcases short movies and other content.
  • Facebook

    Facebook
    Mark Zuckerburg invented an online social media site for social networking. It was initially created to connect college students across the Boston area who attended Ivy league schools. After gaining popularity among teenagers and even adults, the website eventually became a national and global success. Many people today are still registered to this site.
  • YouTube

    YouTube
    In 2005, a video sharing website was launched around the world. The site allowed users to upload, review, rate, share, comment, and subscribe to users whose content they enjoyed. It became a global success and has launched everyday people into stardom by allowing them to broadcast their talents on a platform. It is also a source for discovering independent media outlets and gaining information on various topics.
  • Twitter

    Twitter
    After the success of Facebook, a new social networking site was launched called Twitter. This website allows users that create an account and interact with people around the world. The mini posts made are called tweets and allow others to respond. It is still used today by many media personalities and average people around the world.
  • Tumblr

    Tumblr
    Tumblr is a blogging and social networking website. This website allows users to post pictures, videos, and other forms of media to create content for their blog. It is widely popular today and many people use this site to promote their personal views.
  • iPhone

    iPhone
    The iPhone was one of the first cell phones that was invented with a touchscreen. The invention changed the technological world by making access to the internet and news more convenient. It made the news more accessible for anyone.
  • iPod Touch

    iPod Touch
    The iPod touch is a mobile-like device designed to not only listen to and buy music, but browse the internet and purchase apps. The iPod touch could also send news updates if a news app is purchased and it allows people to connect to social networking sites. Its invention has shaped the Apple industry and made them one of the biggest companies around the world.
  • Bing

    Bing
    Bing is an online search engine that is owned and operated by Microsoft. The engine's search page also displays news articles on the front to make current events more accessible. This web browser is one of the most popular on the internet.
  • Pinterest

    Pinterest
    Pinterest is a website that is designed to discover information on the World Wide Web. Some of the information is news on current events and history. It is described as a "catalog of ideas" and is made to inspire people to go out and live life.
  • Instagram

    Instagram
    Instagram is a photo-sharing social media site. It allows users to share photos and videos of themselves publicly. This site is used by celebrities, politicians, and regular people to share the news of their lives.
  • Snapchat

    Snapchat
    Snapchat is an image messaging social media site. It is used by many public figures to interest with fans or followers. It is used to update people on what is going on in their life.
  • Fake News

    Fake News
    Fake News is a type of propaganda and false reporting that is defined by the deliberate spreading of misinformation and internet hoaxes. It was a term that became popularized during the 2016 presidential election. Many mainstream media outlets have been accused of being fake news.
  • Net Neutrality Repeal

    Net Neutrality Repeal
    Net Neutrality was soon repealed after the Trump Administration took office. There has been many debate about how this would end the internet and turn it into a commodity. Many people are still advocating for Net Neutrality to be reinstated.