In fact, the power of the press is beyond our description.
any efforts are rightly condemned.
According to this sentence, we know we are much more interested in private stories.
Sometimes some people even want to smell out people’s secrets or particular scandals.
lives of others: 替代story about people
extremely doubtful == extremely uncertain == extremely dubious.
Eg: If a family skeleton is reviewed, one’s reputation will be damaged / destroyed / spoiled / ruined immediately.
equally == in the same way = alile
We wouldn’t like our secret to be reviewed.
Acting on 以......来行事，遵循......来行事
exert... on sth.
bring about 带来，导致
major: great, considerable
In the first paragraph the writer illustrate how powerful the press is in the general way.
acquire: gain == obtain
acquire fortune: 发财
acuire fame 出了名
the city dweller 城市居住者
the country dweller 乡村居住者