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Each new generation had a new mass medium. And each generation loved the particular medium they had. For example, in the 1890s, movies (called moving pictures or photoplays back then) were invented. They were silent and black & white but people loved them because they had nothing to compare them to; as movies improved, soon there were movie stars, and exciting stories, and special effects. People thought movies were pretty cool.

Around the same time, phonographs and recorded music were invented; people loved this new invention, even if the early record players didn't sounds very good (and you had to crank them by hand). People didn't complain because they never had music in their home before so they thought this new invention was the best.

In 1920, commercial radio came along. It started in 3 cities in the US (and it also started in several countries including Canada). People loved it because it told stories, it took you to an event exactly when it was happening, and it played your favorite songs and let you hear the Baseball game or whatever. In fact, people were amazed by radio. They had lots of favorite programs, and many kids dreamed of being radio stars. And they didn't miss TV because it hadn't been invented. For people in the era before TV came along, radio and movies and records changed their life.

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