Centurijohn wrote:Well, government cannot impose a limit on people's creativity (e.g. for creating new media and/or circumventing censorship), so I think that there will be ways to get that information, as long as anyone is interested in spreading it.
If there is a strong dissenting movement, then I agree that the government will be limited in exercising control over the population. "As long as anyone is interested in spreading it" is a strong caveat, and it is much easier for governments to supress dissent in citizens through indirect means such government propganda, semi-offical, pro-gvernment citizen groups which inform on neighbours and act as a proxy of the state, requirements of journalists and media outlets to be vetted by the state, or even outright state control of the media, cracking down on protests, public education of children, etc.
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