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Technology in Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Technology in Catcher in the Rye
1948, 1 million American homes had a television set
The invention of TV effected teenagers greatly in 1940s and 50s
Computers were just invented and Teenagers were in awe of the new technology even though they could not have one in their room, like in modern times.
Computers opened the door for more opportunities for teenagers because of the technological leap it caused.
The computer introduced teenagers to new technology which influenced their lives and they saw the potential for future jobs and entertainment.
With the creation of record players new variety of music was created for teenagers, especially with the new craze for Rock and Roll.
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Department stores would set up TVs in their "store windows so passersby could stop and watch; often, great crowds would gather on the sidewalk" (Henderson).
Teenagers, when they didn't have a television in their home would find time to watch at department stores.
Record Players Cont.
New records were made that were more sturdy and with more ability to put better songs on them "increasing public fascination with stereo sound" (Bender).
Teenagers used the new records and bought more music which influenced their life including at parties.
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People without televisions "would gather at a neighbor's house to watch the most popular programs" (Henderson).
Teenagers were entranced by the new phenomenon of TVs. They already had movie theaters, but the TV episodes showed a variety of content that theaters did not have.