No matter how one understands the process of "globalization", it is evident that it has been accelerated by rapid developments in communication technology. Computers and satellites make possible instantaneous financial transactions and dissemination of information, revolutionizing the world economy. The global mass media, their vast economic power concentrated in ever fewer hands, profoundly touch the lives and cultures of people everywhere.
Behind the political and economic issues raised by the globalization of communication lie important ethical and religious questions. Here is a lucid introduction to five such concerns demanding serious theological reflection and discussion among Christians and churches.