"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory
for school libraries and the increasing body of young people
prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous
generations have left them." -- Globe and
Too many of us have no choice about the type of news we receive.
Too many of us remain ignorant of major issues and diverse opinions
because the news isn't providing them. Over the past
twenty years the news media has become more restricted, less
diverse and of steadily declining quality. Fewer owners and
managers control editorial policies, journalists have been sacked,
and those who remain find themselves working at a faster pace on
more superficial stories. Most of us rely on a dominant media,
controlled by a few globalized giants. These groups have attained
enormous financial and political power.
But as this book shows, the trends are not all bad. Outside the
West, particularly in Asia, citizens receive better and more
diverse news than ever before. Rising levels of literacy and
education in India, Korea, Indonesia and China have fostered vastly
increased newspaper circulations, and the Internet has brought a
much broader world to some restricted societies.