What is the relationship between the growth and expansion of various forms of the media and chronologically coterminous social movements? This paper deliberately sets out to raise more questions than it attempts to answer. Two key ideas are examined: what is meant by social inclusion and how the term is being used in this paper to refer to the breakdown of exclusionary practices. A continuum of policies is suggested which range from recognition to inclusion. The growth of the media is explored, located in the West and Australia. The term media is not closely examined; I use it to refer to the usual suspects- print, radio, television, the new electronic media. The paper is essentially an historical overview from the 17th century to the present day, linking social movements and developments in the transmission of information through the ephemeral practices of the media.