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International Cooperation, Communication and Sources of Information (Part #2)


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As it stands today, international co-operation is suspect because it is distant, difficult to visualize and has become, to some extent, a political pawn. Each instance of co-operation appears isolated within a subject and/or geographical area, or else is related through some intangible concept such as 'world society' . Promotion of the idea of co-operation appears to be promotion of co-operation for co-operation's sake, whereas, given a conceptual framework, co-operation becomes an emotionally neutral, logical development of action which has already taken place at a national level.

The problem is that there is, as yet, no means of supplying a total physicalrepresentation of the state of development of the series of communication links upon which co-operation is based. Hence we have no means of assessing progress as a whole, nor of systematically analysing the efficiency and degree of integration of subject communication networks in order to determine areas where links could be fruitfully made, or where they exist in duplicate.

This sort of approach is standard procedure in the analysis of commercial systems and would provide the necessary conceptual foundation for a proper understanding and visualization of the relationship between the component networks of 'world society', represented physically, and of the series of links from individuals at the grass-roots level to opinion at the international level.