Who Invented Television?

David Starkey

Carey, Nipkow, Baird, Jenkins,
Zworykin, Farnsworth: one
Paradigm’s as good as the next.
Pick a tool: the iconoscope,
the image dissector. Pick a moment.

If you’re feeling historical
you might even go back to Jans
Berzelius in 1817.
The discovery of selenium.
The properties of photoelectricity.

What matters, finally, is the picture
tube, the rube behind the camera
pointing it at the rube
mouthing the mutable truths
scrolling down the teleprompter.