Media politics are growing stronger and stronger, locally and internationally. Politicians are aware of media attention and often attempt to manage the flow of information to their own advantage. The amount of information available to all of us increases in leaps and bounds, but as the volume grows, so does the amount of false and potentially domineering information. To cope with this situation, we must inculcate media literacy in children from a very early age.
We must also consider whether the evolution of media can make us happy. Evolution typified by things like satellite broadcasting and the Internet presents two future images of globalization: the positive image points to strengthened international connections that aid the growth of global democracy, however, the darker the second image suggests a surveillance society of the kind depicted by George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty Four.
We should strive to realize the first image. Doing so requires us to organize information and understand it correctly. We must also realize that knowledge alone does not lead to happiness; to be happy, human beings must have the wisdom to make good use of their knowledge. Two increasingly important ways to acquire such wisdom are stimulating dialogue and reading with the aim of learning from our intellectual heritage. – Daisaku Ikeda
Source: A Dialogue Between East and West, Looking to a Human Revolution. A Dialogue between Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner and Daisaku Ikeda, pg. 81