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Widespread adoption of color in television wasn’t an innovation of the 1960s, contends Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian, communication studies.

The nation did begin to move away from black and white broadcasts, but there still lacked a diversity of perspectives.

“While corporate TV is motivated by sameness, it’s been the decentralized Internet that has allowed space for all forms of cultural expression,” says Christian, whose research explores the history of broadcast innovation in the digital age....