Date of Award

Summer 1995

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Ksobiech, Kenneth

Second Advisor

Scotton, James

Third Advisor

Slattery, Karen

Abstract

Before 1990, satellite dishes were only seen on the houses of government officials, diplomats and businessmen in Oman. Now, many Omanis, including those who live in rural areas, have adopted this technology People in Oman hastened to adopt satellite dishes to the extent that many satellite dealerships now exist in different places in the country. Motivated by this development, the researcher sought to investigate the reason for purchasing satellite dishes in Oman. Satisfaction levels of those who adopted this technology have also been investigated. In order to bring this study to life, the researcher had to obtain a formal permission from the Ministry of Information in Oman. The researcher did not only obtain the permission but also valuable assistance from the officials at the Ministry. Another formal permission was obtained from the Ministry of Education. That permission authorized the researcher to use students in middle and high schools in Oman for drawing his targeted sample and for distributing the study questionnaire. This survey took place in January 1995. It covered three different areas, all of which were from the northern part of Oman. The researcher's friends in these areas were in charge of distributing and sending back the questionnaire. All questionnaires were received by April 1995.

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