Program #GOOA002. Recorded in Burlington, VT on October 13, 2000.Democracy requires an effective system of communication that informs and engages the citizenry. Without broad-based, diverse media, the key issues of power and resource allocation are deflected and ignored. James Madison had a keen sense of this. He said, "A popular government without proper information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both." Today, with each new media merger, spaces for independent voices contract.
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