Tube of Plenty

Reviews Erik Barnouw’s book on the history of the TV, Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television.

In Tube of Plenty. The Evolution of American Television, Erik Barnouw provides us with the amazing history of television. He shows us that television is not only a technological reality, but also a sociological phenomenon. Television, in other words, moulds society in the same way that society moulds television. Barnouw demonstrates that we can not really understand our own history without examining the effect that television has had on almost every aspect of our lives. He is especially interested in television’s newest features. Thus, the “Tube of Plenty” is not only the history of television, but also the exploration of the development and impact of the latest phases of the communications revolution.