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We stand now on the verge of the twenty-first century: an artificial construct yes, but a culturally significant time nonetheless. We are the world the Hutchins Commission foresaw: the world of nations seeking understanding, seeking destiny. We will not predict the future with perfect accuracy, though we will try, because that is out nature. In our effort, we must be mindful that the questions we are asking are not new; they have been asked before and will be asked again. But let us see what we have to say about them today.


This article was prepared for and first published by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review in Volume 23 and is reproduced with its permission. Further information about UALR Law Review is available at

This article is the introduction to 2000 issue of the UALR Ben J. Altheimer Symposium: Media Law and Ethics Enter the 21st Century.