The author wishes to express gratitude to a large number of people who have been so kind and helpful in making this work a success. Foremost among these are professors Frederick Frey ( University of Pennsylvania), John Lent ( Temple University), John Kittross ( Emerson College), and W. Russell Neuman (MIT Research Program on Communications Policy). They were very generous with their time, and very accessible and encouraging. Professor Thomas Gordon and the late Daniel Lerner gave a lot of encouragement the author greatly appreciated.
My thanks go to His Majesty King Fahed Ibin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud for his royal gesture of supporting this study with a grant given on behalf of the Ministry of Information of Saudi Arabia. The author is very grateful to the ministries of information of the Arab States of the Gulf for hosting him and for facilitating his field work. His special thanks go to Gulf Vision and its director, Mr. Saud Al- Dahlawi. For their general support, the author is also grateful to all the people of the Gulf who contributed to the success of his Gulf field research, foremost among them are, in Saudi Arabia Dr. Omar Ismael Al-Khateeb, King Saud University; Dr. Saleh Al-Athel, President of King Abdel Aziz Scientific City; Dr. Hmoud Al- Badr, King Saud University Vice-President; H. E. Mr. Ali Ashaer, Minister of Information; Dr. Abdel Aziz Al-Soayyegh and Dr. Shehab Jamjoum, Undersecretaries for Information; Dr. Talal Eshqey; Prince Turkey Ibn Sultan Al-Saud; Prince Khaled Ibn Saed Al-Saud; Prince Turkey Ibn Faisal Al-Saud; Prince Mouhammad Ibn Faisal Al-Saud; Dr. Hind Al-Khouthaila; Dr. Mohammad Kamel Khattab; Dr. Osman Al-Rawaf; Hamed Bin Bajah; Asaad Rasheed; Abdullah A. Al-Mansour; Ismaeel A. Kurdi; Sami A. Qasim; Sa'ed Al-Ghamdi; Hasan Al-Zaer; Jasser Al-Jasser; Duraid M. Bu-Khamseene; Ibrahim M. Al- Ansari; Fahed Al-Qidhey; Moutared M. Al-Dagami; Mousa Al-Asseery; Abdel Aziz Al-Fraij; Mohammad Ayed; Saud Al-Fraij; Abdel Aziz Al-Mougayyet; and Abdel Aziz Al-Mahmoud.
In Kuwait: H. E. Sheikh Nasser M. Al-Sabah, former Minister of Information; Mr. Rida Y. Al-Feeli, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information; Ms. Sheikha Al-Nousof; Mr. Youssef Al-Qoutub; Dr. Najat Abdel Kader, Faculty