Excerpt:Â The ancient Greeks had an institution, a marketplace they called the agora. It was where all the people met to exchange goods, money, ideas and influence. In fact, most aspects of life revolved around and through the agora.Today the agora is television. That flickering screen in your living room, your den, your kitchen, your office â€“ your bedroom â€“ is where the merchandisers, the advertisers, the politicians, the buyers and sellers and movers and shakers gather. Instead of several hundred citizens on a good day, this agora involves multiplied millions of citizens every day.