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Thomas Edison's Influence on American Society
Transcript of Thomas Edison's Influence on American Society
The phonograph could only be viewed by one person at a time and was very uncomfortable because most people needed to bend down to watch the video. With streets lit up at night production was able to rise dramatically because nighttime didn't necessarily mean no more work could be done. The lightbulb was probably Thomas Edison's most famous invention. Luckily for Edison, a man Nikola Tesla came to him with the concept of alternate current, another electricity system that was much more effective than direct current. Edison hired Nikola Tesla to improve his DC system, which Tesla did only because he greatly admired Edison. But Edison failed to pay Tesla $50,000 he promised him after Tesla improved his DC generators. This led to the feud between the two geniuses and the war of the currents (AC vs. DC). Although Edison lost the war because alternate current was technologically superior, without him Tesla might have never come to America to show the world the AC system. And to this day alternate current is the electricity system that powers America Lights, camera, action! On October 17, 1998,
Thomas Edison invented the first video recorder known as the kinetoscope. The inventions of the kinetoscope led to Edison making the very first movie studio, known as the The Black Maria. This led to the filmmaking business. Edison believed that the best way to gain profit from the kinetoscope was for people to use the device one by one by paying a small fee to watch a short clip. The kinetoscope was like the YouTube of that era. It even showed cat videos. On the contrary, Edison's partner believed the best way to earn money was to show the video to a large group of people, like a movie theather. Edison refused, knowing that a video recorded by the kinetoscope loses a lot of quality when the video enlarged. *If you are unable to read the text, you are able to zoom in while it is being presented (clicked the text or scroll up to zoom in) http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america/videos/the-rise-of-thomas-edison The Men Who Built America: The Rise of Thomas Edison Francis Nguyen
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