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Introduction

Newspapers developed initially as extensions of other forms of communication, such as verbal exchanges and were indeed necessities to fulfil appetites for news; perhaps the only real difference that emerged with the development of newspapers and journalism as a social practice was specialization and power. In Ancient Greece oral culture produced an intense intellectualism demonstrated by the Socratic dialogue, which was based on memory and then memorizing learnt theory for future dialogue. The dialogue was based on one's perception of lived experience of the concrete world; this was no metaphysical exercise. The Socratic Dialogue was based on interpersonal understanding between participants by testing statements against one's personal experience. The oral culture continues to survive in various degrees according to cultural contexts through memory, narrative and dialogue and much of what is past off as news amongst cultures in the oral tradition is based on traditional modes of mediation.