Clearing the air

The ground—level facts are well known. Acid rain kills trees. Greenhouse gases are linked to climate change. But what of earth's mental atmosphere? Broadcast messages of hate and degraded sexuality also have a corrosive effect on communities, nations, and the global neighborhood.

Television "reality" programming is the big new wave, but perhaps that wave's undertow is an even more participatory, and sometimes virulent, audio medium. It's the phenomenon generically known as "hate radio."

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September 22, 2003
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