World Television Day


The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day on December 17, 1996. Adopted by the General Assembly via resolution 51/205, the day seeks to recognize the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making and its undeniable presence and influence on world politics. Rather than focusing on the tool that television can be, World Television Day celebrates the philosophy which television may represent - a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world (United Nations).

From the first televised U.S. presidential debates to the first presidential campaign ads, from C-SPAN to international broadcasts, this virtual exhibit aims to explore the sway of television on the political process and highlight the ways in which the advent of television indelibly changed the interaction between the personal and the political.