Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life

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Naomi Sakr
I.B.Tauris, May 15, 2007 - Political Science - 208 pages
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People are on the move across the Arab world, organizing politically in new ways. The Arab media have also undergone a transformation and are still in a state of flux. It is therefore crucial to be able to discuss political initiatives in the region in the light of media developments.  This authoritative book answers key questions about the connections between media and political change in the Arab world.  Using research into, for example, practices of Internet users, journalists, demonstrators and producers of reality TV, it explores the interface between public interaction over the airwaves, at the polls and on the streets. A lively group of contributors explores such issues as whether young people are served well by new media, whether blogging is an influential political tool, whether satellite news helps or hinders diasporic communities politically, and much more.  Engaging with debates at the heart of public affairs and popular culture in Arab countries, this book addresses everyone who seeks to grasp the media politics of this central, often misunderstood region.
 

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Contents

Cultures of TV News Journalism
13
Television and Public Action in the Beirut Spring
28
Star Academy
44
A Breathing Space for Arab Youth?
80
Palestinians News and the Diasporic Condition
118
In Search of the Arab Present Cultural Tense
154
Notes
169
Bibliography
195
Index
204
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\Naomi Sakr is Senior Lecturer in Communication, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster.  Her books, prize-winning Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East, and the edited collection Women and Media in the Middle East: Power through Self-Expression, were both published by Tauris.

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