Not so many years ago, recent enough that many of us can remember, television programming was controlled by a very small group of wealthy and influential people who owned and operated the three big television networks, ABC, NBC and CBS. In those days, a relatively small amount of media was produced by very few people for the consumption of a mass audience. With only so many broadcasting hours in a day, there were very few programming slots available. Television was anything but democratic. It was very limited. The only viewpoints expressed were those of the head honchos at the big studios.