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Books, magazines, newspaper and other printed matter contain all kinds of information. We can get books on almost any subject that we care to read about. There are books on sports, cookery, fashion, language, education, etc. You name the topic and the likelihood is that somebody has published a book (or books) on that topic.

Through the newspaper we read about which terrorist group is currently most active. We also read about the rise and fall of certain politicians, the cricket results in Australia, the state of the stock exchange, the grand sale going on in a supermarket, the death of so-and-so and the various kinds of jobs available. The information that we can gather in an average newspaper is enormous. To read the whole newspaper completely would take hours. Since not everyone is interested in everything, we usually read the sections we like, for example the sports and the cartoon pages, and leave the rest alone.

In our country, newspapers are published daily in various languages to cater for the various races here. So a multi-lingual person can read up to six different newspapers or more a day ! Each newspaper gives its own version of the hottest news item plus other items that is its particular preference.

Thus the average person is reasonably well-informed about the current goings-on in this world of ours.

This century, and especially these last few decades, witnessed the tremendous strides made in electronic technology. The simple telephone of long ago has given way to sophisticated television sets, computers and stereo music. The television and the radio are two very effective channels through which the masses are reached. The incredible number of radio stations, both local and foreign, that can be tuned-in on the radio gives us an idea of how much information is dissipated through the radio. The "air-waves" are practically jammed.

Through the television comes all manners of soap-operas, talk-shows, news, documentaries and the ubiquitous advertisement clips. Large numbers of people are reached daily in this way. A whole new generation of people is created based on the ideals and dreams that are propagated by the television. Political groups and manufacturers make extensive use of this mode of informing people. Television has become so effective as a means of transferring information that even criminals and terrorists know its value. To appear on television means instant fame, regardless of what one appears for. So the news on television is filled with tales of death and destruction turmoil and strife, sports and games, fame and notoriety.

 
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Books, magazines, newspaper and other printed matter contain all kinds of information. There are books on almost any subject that we care to read about. Newspapers contain an enormous amount f information and it would take hours to read a whole newspaper. So we usually read only the sections we like. In our country, newspapers are published in various languages to cater for the various races here. The last few decades have witnessed the tremendous strides made in electronic technology. Television and radio are effective channels through which the masses are reached. To appear on television means instant fame, regardless of what one appears for. (104 words)
     
dissipate   to gradually disappear
     
strife   violent or angry disagreement
     
notoriety   the state of being famous for something bad
 
 

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