Radio Was Largely Abandoned by Advertisers
Radio is too powerful a medium to be neglected forever.
Perhaps, when you were a child, you listened with excitement as someone read a story aloud. The story engaged your imagination. This is the experience of radio theater. There are three factors driving the resurgence of radio as a more important part of our culture: the populations of many urban areas are as large as the national population that radio served in its hay day; people are spending more time alone in their cars than they used to spend relaxing at home after dinner; there are large and growing groups of people who have either seen everything that television has to offer and they are no longer impressed, or they are on the Internet, and while their hands and eyes are occupied, their ears are not.
Perception and Imagination
In theory, a machine can be engineered such that if it is programmed with correct algorithms and fed the appropriate multi-dimensional data, it will generate in an instant, an accurate model of a universe that physicists now believe took nearly 14 billion years to evolve to its present state.
Photo of a neutron "starquake", December 2004 - NASA
The machine exists. A human brain does this constantly. It's limitation is that, for most of us, it must focus on relatively small views. Some individuals demonstrate that this constraint may not be a limitation of the brain, but of the individual's ability to use it. The brain stores more detailed and complex relationships than we need to recall. Language, which is a system of metaphors, allows us to describe complex scenarios and mosaic views that extend the scope of our views, and also allows us to network with others to create even wider views. Novels are complex views. Music, painting, dance and sculpture are more sensual, emotional views.
A brain can imagine the most ethereal qualities of the universe, even spiritual nuances for which there are no words, but may be conveyed and comprehended in works of art, music, dance, theater and literature.
Elegant solutions in math or science, music, poetry, sculpture, architecture, plays, paintings, designs and attributes of voice, gesture or character evoke pleasurable responses in the perceptive brain.
Whether or not a listener or viewer experiences pleasure depends on the recognition, conscious or unconscious (limbic response) of evocative distinctions. There are unconscious responses present for all stimuli.
Art invites and even compels receptivity beyond reason.
ENTER DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
Advanced technologies have evolved to manage and inform ever larger organizations of human beings.
...and most artistic and technical development stopped abruptly when national sponsors abandoned radio for television, leaving only meager local advertising markets to support radio programming.
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