DUTIES AND DILEMMAS

17     Power, freedom and responsibility

Power

‘Television is credited … with almost superhuman powers. It can – they say – start wars, and it can sap the will to continue those wars. It can polarize society, and it can prevent society talking sensibly to itself. It can cause trouble on the streets.’

– FORMER BBC DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES, BRIAN WENHAM

‘There is weird power in a spoken word … ’

– JOSEPH CONRAD

‘I know that one is able to win people far more by the spoken than by the written word, and that every great movement on this globe owes its rise to the great speakers and not to the great writers.’

– ADOLF HITLER IN MEIN KAMPF

Framed, and hanging in a prominent position on the wall of a commercial radio station is ...

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