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Documentary Websites (29 Jan 2004)
In a sense the whole of the web is a space where people can think without being told what to think, and one aspect of the web's cultural importance is that it represents an arena in which all voices can be heard. And this is important because nothing lasting can be based purely on winning - either winning an argument or winning a war. In order for real progress to be made we must understand the thoughts of those who disagree with us, those we believe to be completely in the wrong, even those we find morally repugnant. A world order which is based on the insular values of a few wealthy countries, and which attempts to build peace simply by rolling out those values across the globe, obliterating all differences of outlook, is never going to be anything other than fragile and temporary.
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