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In the modern world, the mass media is key to the educational process. Much of what we learn comes from radio, television, newspapers, and magazines. Reliability, richness, and diversity of information are essential. Consequently, it is very encouraging to see growing, widespread resistance to the increasing consolidation of media ownership in the hands of fewer r global corporations. A democracy requires a free marketplace of ideas that provides a diversity of opinion, analysis, and interpretation. Learning and growing require the rough-and-tumble of exposure to contrasting and conflicting realities. If news is managed and people are herded down a pre-determined path that primarily serves the interests of global corporations, creativity flounders. Our prospects for the future can only be enhanced by investments in community-based, non-profit, democratic media outlets that expand the diversity of news and information.
The resources in this section reflect this perspective.
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