A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 5, 1981

Americans live in an age in which the news is as pervasive as it is piecemeal and perishable. Anyone can receive, almost instantly, bulletins on the latest dilemma or disaster, discovery or demise—and just as quickly learn that some turn of events has signaled a new tomorrow. The world, often described as growing smaller, is also growing nearer. It has truly become, in the late Marshall McLuhan's phrase, a global village, and its inhabitants have become ever more keenly aware of the intimate impact of the news on their lives.

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