Random Haus

March 28, 1998

THE PURCHASE of Random House by a German media conglomerate is the latest proof that American English has triumphed as the world's unchallenged language of commerce, culture -- and profits. What else would explain that nearly 30 percent of U.S. publishing is now in foreign hands?

Will global conglomerates be susceptible to pressure and blackmail as they try to protect their business interests in different countries? Time will tell. But as long as smaller publishing houses remain, competition will assure that globalization will not squelch freedom of expression on even the most controversial issues.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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