The weather in Pittsburgh during November 9 to 11, 1990, was uncommonly gloomy. Fog, rain, wind, and cold chilled to the bone those who dared to venture outdoors. The atmosphere inside the Green Tree Marriott was considerably different, however, as a small group of scholars meeting therein generated enough heat and light to warm and illuminate several hotels.
The locus of the intellectual combustion process was an assemblage of scholars brought together by National Family Foundation President Barbara Hattemer to share findings and insights on the effects of media on children and family. The kindling that created an occasional hot flame was diversity. Not only did the participants reflect widely divergent political orientations and value systems, but they represented three distinct domains of inquiry into human motivation and behavior: social scientific, psychodynamic (or psychoanalytical), and clinical practice. Representatives from these three areas rarely speak to each other, much less listen. Yet Barbara Hattemer recognized that each of these three domains was privy to important evidence and insights that needed to transcend epistemological and methodological boundaries if understanding of the topic was to improve dramatically. For her awareness of and appreciation for diverse