Edwin Mellen Press publishes a new book called "Broadcast, Internet and TV Media in the Arab World and Small Nations: Studies in Recent Developments" edited by Jabbar Audah Al-Obaidi and William G. Covington.

Publication Data

Al-Obaidi, Jabbar Audah & Covington, William G. (Eds.). Broadcast, Internet and TV Media in the Arab World and Small Nations: Studies in Recent Developments. Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7734-1302-3.


In this collection, scholars from various backgrounds discuss how emerging changes in media content and delivery influence culture, education, international relations, and human expectations in the Arab world. It traces global media trends of convergence and competition for a fragmented and diverse audience. Communication around the globe is easier now than any other time in history. Technology has expanded to the extent that it is affordable to large populations and consequently there are ramifications for the way people are interacting. The proliferation of social media such as Twitter and FaceBook has caused traditional media to alter the way business has been conducted. Educators, politicians, and merchants have all had to change as well. Convergence has meant a paradigm shift in the media landscape. In this book these emerging global media trends are examined from various perspectives. Certain regions of the world are viewed from sociopolitical and cultural perspectives. Citizen journalism is now a vital part of the media mix as decisions are made at the polls. Technologies of the 21st century provide options that previous generations did not enjoy. Media organizations have to be managed differently, educators have to prepare students in a different way, and governments have to work in the midst of a glass house created by the openness of such an age. Regulators are behind in adapting to the new realities. The emerging global media culture continues to expand and alter the way people live. This book considers those changes in these various arenas in the United States and other countries.

Table of Contents

- Shakir Mustafa

Chapter One:
Management’s Challenge of Positioning Media Organizations for the Interactive Global Media Environment
- William G. Covington, Jr.

Four Systems of Action
Building on Strengths
Consciousness research
Enhancing Individual Creativity for the Good of Media Organization
Communication technologies and Legal and Ethical Challenges
Necessary Skills in a Global Environment
Production Never Ends in the New Media World
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Two:
New Frontiers in Arab World Communications Media Contributions to Life-Long Civic Culture in the 21st Century
- Muhammad I. Ayish

Lifelong Learning, Civic Journalism, and Knowledge Society a Conceptual Framework
Lifelong Learning
Civic Education
Mass Mediated Civic Lifelong Learning in Knowledge Societies
The Evolving Arab Communications Scene: Opportunities & Challenges for Lifelong Civic Education
Implications for Arab Knowledge Societies
A Case in Point: Al-Jazeera Network as a Civic Media Institution
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Three:
Using Campus Media to Mentally Position Students for the Emerging Media Delivery Systems
- Joel R. Willer

Individual Medium in a Global Environment
New Communication Frontiers
Traditional Media v. New Media
Legal Challenges
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Four:
Arab Citizen Journalism Shaped by Technology Creates A Challenge to Mainstream Media, Authorities and Media Laws
- Naila Hamdy

Technological Determinism Citizen Journalism Impacts the Traditional Media
New Alternative Media
Authorities Confronted and Media Laws Challenged
Laws and Emerging Social Media
68 Regional Democratization and Global Dimensions
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Five:
The Issues Educators Face in the Convergence Marketplace
- Anthony Esposito

Historical Background
Convergence in Media Organizations
Convergence and Journalism Educators
Convergence in Newspapers and Television
Global Convergence in Higher Education
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Six:
Television and Small-Nation Globalization
- Bjorn Ingvoldstad

Uneven Globalization: Cable, Satellite, and Terrestrial broadcasting
Personal Reflection
The Persistence of the “Network Era”
Global Programming, National Programmers: “Reality Television” in Lithuania
Global Genre
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Seven:
Regional and Global Middle East: Challenges Facing Media Organizations in the Era of Convergence
- Jabbar Audah Al-Obaidi

Organizational Media Tools
Public Interests
Media Convergence
Global Phenomenon Challenges
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Eight:
The Demise of Traditional Legal Justifications for Broadcast Regulation
- Steven Phipps

Practice of Regulating Broadcasting
The scarcity of channels
Progressive Movement Model
Reasons for "Chaos" in 1920s Broadcasting
Establishment of the Legal Doctrine of the Scarcity of Channels
Microbroadcasting and LPFM
Technological Change Means Channels are No Longer Scarce
Scarcity of Channels Gives Way to the Pervasiveness Doctrine
Conclusion and Summary
References and Notes

Chapter Nine:
Conclusion and Outlook
- Jabbar Audah Al-Obaidi & William G. Covington, Jr.

New Digital Communication Technologies
Humanistic Theory
Clickable Pointers
The Challenge of Filtering and Focusing
References and Notes


About the Authors

Dr. Jabbar Audah Al-Obaidi is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State College. He earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Michigan.

William G. Covington, Jr. has a PhD from Bowling Green State University. He is on the faculty of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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