A project such as this could not have been accomplished without the help of many people. I would first like to thank Herbert Schiller and Thomas Guback for their instruction, guidance, and inspiration. Belden Fields, John Nerone, and Willard Rowland were excellent teachers to whom I owe much. Dan Schiller and Janet Wasko played an instrumental role in facilitating the publication of this book. Among my colleagues, Kathy Frith, Lisa Henderson, Bette J. Kauffman, Mary Mander, and Angharad Valdivia provided valuable encouragement and support. I am grateful to Ana Garner, who edited the issue of Journal of Communications Inquiry (volume 14, number 2, copyrighted in 1990 by the University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communication) that includes an article from which parts of Chapter 7 are drawn. Similar thanks to Sari Thomas, editor of the issue of Critical Studies in Mass Communication (volume 9, number 2, copyrighted in 1992 by the Speech Communication Association) in which an earlier version of Chapter 2 first appeared. My sincere thanks to Gordon Massman and Connie Oehring of Westview Press for their continuing support of this project, and to Jon Taylor Howard for his meticulous copy editing. I received valuable help from research assistants Kwangmi Ko Kim, Uriel Grunfeld, Knut Svendsen, and Angelo Roxas. Special thanks go to Jeanne Hall, my colleague and friend, for reading over several drafts of the manuscript and making useful contributions to its substance and style. Her excitement about the project kept me going.
Ronald V. Bettig University Park, Pennsylvania