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They can be summed up 60 MATTELART Introduction munication between the different classes and groups institutionalised by liberal democracy and its liberal doctrine of information are undergoing a profound transformation. 103 This difficulty in realising the collective will must be taken into account in judging the modes of implantation of new communications technologies into the social fabric. Communicatipn technologies are political tools for the construction of consensus but also are an industrial apparatus are set up as a capitalist solution to the crisis.

Mozambique has no television and is afraid that, by installing it, it will reproduce the classic model of the centralised apparatus, difficult to handle and restrictive. This is why Mozambique has chosen to draw the consequences from the Italian experience of local television, but at the same time, extend them further. Whereas in Italy the installation of local television opposed, in an unequal relations of force, the large groups of the culture industries wanting to constitute an audiovisual empire, on the one hand, and on the other, dispersed movements and associations, the Mozambican project offers a dynamic created by the search for the political structures for popular power, wherein a decentralised television can find its raison d'etre.

They will enable the mastering of the effects of the crisis of the political system, while remaining present on the terrain of social movements. 111 This reminder is undoubtedly important for countries where large historical workers' parties Introduction exist. But it is also important elsewhere, for it enables us to correctly situate the political influence of the new social movements (women, national, racial and· sexual minorities) which arise. It enables us to avoid a naive, unilateral celebration which assimilates, a little, too rapidly, the emergence of these new ~ovem~nts with an obligatory emergence of new social relatiOns of a new society.

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