This study will conclude at the point when developments in the transmission and reception of information through satellite technology appeared to presage a revolution in national and international communications. At the same time television sets became not only the receivers of broadcast visual entertainment and news but were also connected to video-recorders and computers, becoming a new source of domestic entertainment. These developments would pose new challenges to commercial entrepreneurs, media institutions and governments, but around the same issues with which this book has been concerned. The deciding factor will be the social use of the technology, the character of the institutions in which it is placed, and the political organisation of the states of which they are part.
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