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The public square was an important tool of democracy in days past

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The public square was an important tool of democracy in days past because it provided a forum for disparate citizens to discuss the important issues of the day. Today, a person with Internet access can discuss important issues with millions of people across the nation, allowing the Internet to play the role once played by the public square. Hence, we should ensure that Internet users have at least as much freedom of expression as did people speaking in the public square.

Which one of the following is an assumption required by the argument?

.(A)  People speaking in the public square of days past had complete freedom of expression.

.(B)  All citizens have the same level of access to the Internet.

.(C)  A public forum can lose effectiveness as a tool of democracy if participants cannot discuss issues freely.

.(D)  The Internet is more often used to discuss important issues than to discuss frivolous issues.

.(E)  Other than the Internet, no other public forum today is an important tool of democracy.


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The argument talks about the importance of public square in old times and how the internet plays the same role.
The Important thing to note here is that public square was used to spread new ideas and discourse relevant to the public.
So if the internet is used for some other purpose than important issue then the argument falls apart.

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