Imagine a world without television, how boring life will be. Sometimes I question myself that, “how were people able to ‘survive’ without television?” How did our forefathers ‘survive’ before the invention of television? Technology is rapidly advancing and many of us can’t possibly live satisfactorily without television. World Television Day encourages and helps people to remember the beneficial purposes of television. World Television Day is yearly observed in many places around the world on 21st November. This date reveals and recognizes that television plays a major role in presenting different issues that affect people.
What Do People Do?
World Television Day is a day to renew organizations’, governments’ and individuals’ commitments to support the development of television media in providing unbiased information about important issues and events that affect society. News about World Television Day may be shared via print, broadcast media and online. Also;
- Radio and Television bloggers may write comments
- Editors may write in the editors’ columns
- Writers, academics and journalists may write feature articles about the meaning behind this event.
- Educational institutions may mark World Television Day on their various calendars and educators may use this day as an opportunity to invite guest speakers to discuss communication and media issues relating to television. Some good topics to be discussed may include:
- how television promotes cultural diversity and enhances a common understanding
- the links between television and democracy
- the role of television in political, social and economic developments.
History of World Television Day
In 1996, the first World Television Forum was held, and following the forum, a resolution was passed in the United Nations General Assembly in the month of December in by force of which 21st November was henceforth effectively organized as the World Television Day. This date was an acceptance of the vast reach and impact of geo-televisual communication on the present world scenario. As a result, World Television Day was adopted as yet another symbol of the power constituted in new media.
The United Nations (UN) however adopted the day and declared for its celebration on the 21st of November worldwide. This was implemented in recognition of the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making. This was achieved by alerting the world’s attention to threats to peace and security, conflicts and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including social and economic issues. Television was therefore acknowledged as a major tool in channeling, orienting and motioning public opinion. Its presence, impact and its influence on world politics could not be denied. On the 21st and 22nd November, 1996, the United Nations held the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures met under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss the growing significance of television in today’s changing world and to consider how they might enhance their mutual cooperation. That is why the General Assembly decided to proclaim 21st November as World Television Day, to commemorate the date on which the first World Television Forum was held.
How to celebrate World Television Day
The World Television Day is not that much a celebration of the tool but instead the philosophy which it represents. The television represents a symbol for globalization and communication in the contemporary world. Television represents how global communication has been a major element in shaping central international issues and being a principle determinant of world economy and inter-national dialogues. Therefore, some helpful ways to celebrate this day is to
- Watch good contents on the TV
- Invite some few friends to your house and watch the TV together
- Families should spend time and watch the TV together this day
- Take very good care of your television gadgets
- Use #World Television Day# on your social media platforms
The celebration also underlines the ever-increasing demands of communication and the dissemination of the policies of the organization.