Watching television used to be a fairly simple enterprise: You turned on the set, selected one of 500 channels, and enjoyed your program. Now, television is changing in front of our eyes. More and more viewers are canceling cable television, preferring to watch new online-only channels like Netflix or Disney+. An entire generation of younger viewers has given up on the TV set altogether in favor of devices such as their laptops or their phones. And tens of thousands of kids and teenagers have started their own TV networks on YouTube, bypassing legacy networks NBC, ABC, and CBS altogether.
Drawing on video clips to illustrate his talk, media expert Brian Rose explains why the old days of simply “watching TV” are fast disappearing.