NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Darkness in the Global Village

Newswatch

Peace and understanding were supposed to follow once the world was wired together into one global village. Knowledge would ricochet off satellites out in space, bringing us instant views of coronations, street riots or Olympic Games. What the world saw together it would feel together. But that seldom happens.

The technology is there, but only rarely, as in Poland, does an odd set of circumstances permit a real glimpse of turmoil across an ideological barrier. Even then Americans saw much more on television than the Poles were allowed to see, and the rest of the Communist world was told about it sparingly....

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