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            新概念英語聽力mp3下載第三冊lesson 45

            Source: 恒星英語學習網  Onion  2007-03-21  我要投稿   論壇   Favorite  
            In democratic countries any efforts to
            restrict the freedom of the press are
            rightly condemned. However, this free-
            dom can easily be abused. Stories about
            people often attract far more public atten-
            tion than political events. Though we
            may enjoy reading about the lives of
            others, it is extremely doubtful whether
            we would equally enjoy reading about
            ourselves. Acting on the contention that
            facts are sacred, reporters can cause
            untold suffering to individuals by pub-
            lishing details about their private lives.
            Newspapers exert such tremendous in-
            fluence that they can not only bring about
            major changes to the lives of ordinary
            people but can even overthrow a government.
            The story of a poor family that acquired fame and fortune overnight, dramati-
            cally illustrates the power of the press. The family lived in Aberdeen, a small
            town of 23,000 inhabitants in South Dakota. As the parents had five children,
            life was a perpetual struggle against poverty. They were expecting their sixth
            child and faced with even more pressing economic problems. If they had
            only had one more child, the fact would have passed unnoticed. They would
            have continued to struggle against economic odds and would have lived in
            obscurity. But they suddenly became the parents of quintuplets, four girls and
            a boy, an event which radically changed their lives. The day after the birth of
            the five children, an aeroplane arrived in Aberdeen bringing sixty reporters and
            photographers. The news was of national importance, for the poor couple had
            become the parents of the only quintuplets in America.
            The rise to fame was swift. Television cameras and newspapers carried the
            news to everyone in the country. Newspapers and magazines offered the family
            huge sums for the exclusive rights to publish stories and photographs. Gifts
            poured in not only from unknown people, but from baby food and soap manu-
            facturers who wished to advertise their products. The old f.mp3house the family
            lived in was to be replaced by a new $100,000 home. Reporters kept pressing for
            interviews so lawyers had to be employed to act as spokesmen for the family at
            press conferences. The event brought serious changes to the town itself. Plans
            were announced to build a huge new highway, as Aberdeen was now likely to
            attract thousands of tourists. Signposts erected on the outskirts of the town
            directed tourists not to Aberdeen, but to 'Quint-City U.S.A.' The local auth-
            orities discussed the possibility of erecting a 'quint museum' to satisfy the
            curiosity of the public and to protect the family from inquisitive tourists. While
            the five babies were still quietly sleeping in oxygen tents in a hospital nursery,
            their parents were paying the price for fame. It would never again be possible
            for them to lead n.mp3al lives. They had become the victims of commercializa-
            tion, for their names had acquired a market value. The town itself received so
            much attention that almost every one of the inhabitants was affected to a greater
            or less degree.
             


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