It is widely recognized that a democracy functions by the support of an informed electorate. Americans have always depended on the News Media to provide the information they need. Neil Postman explains that even before the country was founded the American continent had more newspapers than Europe. With the founding of the United States, Americans became full-fledged media junkies. Books were in high demand as well as pamphlets and any other form of information that could be found. During the early 1800’s lecture halls sprung up in cities and towns large and small hosting debates and speeches of the most prestigious intellectuals, politicians, and other learned men of the time. This provided a medium for the exchange of ideas and political viewpoints, which created a strong national dialogue of the issues of the day. As the century progressed things would change rapidly.