The influence of television on subsequent literature

Around WWII the television began to become more and more welcomed as a member of the average household in America. In the 1950’s the television became the primary means of influencing public opinion on world events and politics. Later in the 90’s we see the reflection of the culture surrounding television programming in postmodern writers like Don Delillo and David Foster Wallace. How have the infusion of the passivity of television-watching culture influenced the literature of subsequent decades? How has the expectation of the average reader been affected by this mass incorporation of this form of media in the average household?

  • You could also mention the shortening of people's attention spans, and could tie in the influence of social media here too. – Andi 2 years ago

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