So what’s this democracy thing anyway?
As Rupert Murdoch and his news empire prompt further analysis of the power of the media in a modern society, we learn that in his home country, Australia, over half of secondary school students do not know that they live in a democracy or what that means. Occasionally we also hear that young people from other countries regard democracy (and even liberty) as western cultural baggage that may have become outdated.
Democracy does not survive and prosper because it is inherently more desirable; it needs to be explained and nurtured in every new generation. It certainly cannot be taken for granted. At least events surrounding News International over the past week or two have still made for a compelling news story. We must ensure that we never reach a state where people wonder what all the fuss is about. We must ensure that democracy is understood and valued. We must see that it is part of the mission of the education system to sustain it.