Barriers to the Broad Dissemination of Creative Works in the by Lowell H. Schwarts

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In other parts of the world, publishers can break even on their investment by selling only to libraries. To correct this problem, a major effort to build and improve regional libraries could be initiated. This can be done through aid grants or by encouraging foundations, or even wealthy individuals, to invest in libraries in the Middle East. As an added benefit, these libraries could offer free Internet access and broader cultural programming. S. universities building campuses in the Middle East. All of these university libraries should be encouraged to buy and promote Arab literature.

It is this group, Kennan wrote, that should be targeted. By the nature of their professions, he thought, they are taught to think independently, and their economic status makes it possible for them to buy books and radios that can receive foreign broadcasts. Due to their isolation, they are curious about the outside world, in terms of both the latest fashions and the views of foreigners on world events. Kennan also believed that they had a built-up skepticism regarding the accuracy of party statements and therefore might be susceptible to foreign influence.

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