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The Left and Mass Media in the 20th Century – Ajith Samaranayake

Henry Peiris with Sama Samaja leaders
Henry Peiris with Sama Samaja leaders

“Today, moreover when the newspapers have become more subtle and trivial in their handling of politics (throwing open their columns to guest writers of the extra-parliamentary Left such as Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne) while peddling political gossip rather than issues; and television talk-shows figure all kinds of political opinion straddling the entire spectrum of ideas (if only to pit one against another and convert politics into theatre), the Left seems to have done precious little thinking on how they are to reach a mass audience in this age of the television screen, the microchip and the internet, an audience moreover which has been drugged and made somnolent by the opiate of popular culture manipulated by the forces of western cultural imperialism preaching the religion of a ‘Global Village.’ “

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