Tom Wipperman considers how multiculturalism should be reflected on the newsstands.
Two propositions are held as evidence that access to the media is increasing and that people are more empowered to articulate their views and opinions. The first is that the Internet offers a chance to partake in debate and the production of ideas. Despite taking into account the self-censorship that Google has undergone in China, and the efforts of the CIA, FBI and other law enforcement agencies to shut down militant Islamic websites, this statement is broadly true. People today can access millions of words of information in seconds, from the comfort of their living room. Intriguingly, it is said that a fourteenth century English peasant would have encountered less information in his or her lifetime than one issue of The Guardian today.
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