We all control our life, what we do, how we do it, when we do it, and why we do it. This control we have ranges from work to leisure, from indoors to outdoors. But when it comes to your favourite shows on the telly, we can’t fully choose when we view it. This is just one small piece of technology commands an extremely large group of humans, and for some, the power of the television has too much power, pulling people into the dark void, turning them into the feared ‘couch potato’. Through the years however, this control is slowly fading, being overcome by the evolution of recording. Recording has brought power and control back to the people starting from the old VCR tapes, to modern digital recording. We look back at how this form of control has risen, and is now slowly falling back to us humans.