No one imagined the real power waiting in the remote control. The advertising and commentary of the fifties shows that it was not seen as a time-saving device in any sense. Nor did anyone think in terms of amplifying the television experience with dozens or thousands of channel changes per evening. Most households could get just three to five channels; how could they imagine the remotemeisters waiting a generation up the road, using their wands to create on-the-go montages, nightly sound-and-light shows? Now every television programmer works in the shadow of the awareness that the audience is armed.