The golden age of radio?

Posted By James on Apr 04 2012 03:05 AM
The above graph is interesting – it’s the usage of the words radio (in blue) and television (in red) in books scanned by Google Books.

As you can see, use of the word ‘radio’ peaked in books in the 1940s, but grew steadlily since a low of 1970 (when television overtook it in popularity). There’s been a rapid drop in the use of both television and radio in books since 2005. (Google Books’ scanning service is mostly a US service, and based on US university libraries).

What does this tell us? Probably nothing, other than journalists and writers have been lured by the bright lights of the internet; radio and television are just as popular as 2000 (in terms of total audience), and in some countries even more so.



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