Relations of similarity and difference

We might, for example, discover that there has been a 100 per cent increase in Internet use in Australia in the past two years. We can immediately begin to think about the following—was this increase the same, or more or less in previous years? Have there been similar rises in other countries recently?

Again, in a more complex example, we read that Australia was one of the countries that most quickly (in terms of time and number of users) adopted video recorders and mobile phones when they were introduced. There is a relationship there: both the Internet and VCRs/phones are information/communication technologies—can we draw some lessons from a comparison? Are they similar enough? Too different?

A final example: we read that the Internet cannot be easily censored; we then read another article that outlines the reasons why it can be censored effectively. The

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