The Persistence of Ignorance
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5 Media and Ignorance he very concept of an Information Age has become fashionable among academics, policy makers, business leaders and others. Yet, within this Information Age persist several deeply rooted traditions of ignorance, perpetuating legacies of prejudice, discrimination, suspicion and superstition. In spite of the prevailing assumption that information equals enlightenment, some of the darkest aspects of past ignorance are sustained and even promoted by the media of the Information Age. These media include traditional mass media such as newspapers, radio and television as well as so-called new media including Internet-based communication via the World Wide Web, e-mail and social media. In the Information Age, both the traditional and new media forms make their contribution to misinformation, disinformation and the persistence of ignorance. CBN, SATELLITES AND IGNORANCE On the small Caribbean island of Grenada in the early 1990s, before the spread of cable television, the only alternative to government-owned media was an out-of-the-way facility that broadcast religious programming. The program content did not feature any local religious figures. Instead, the broadcasts from that facility comprised live or replayed terrestrial broadcasts derived from satellite feeds of U.S. based international television evangelists. These broad- casts were delivered free of charge to anyone within signal range and were relatively typical of media systems that are still in use to provide religious television programming to viewers around the world today. The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), for example, boasts of its international reach on its website where it claims to be Touching Billions Now...
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