Basis of the first part of the discussion will be theoretical reflections of media research concerning intrinsic participation and democratization potentials of digital – and particularly social – media. The second part will analyze an episode of al-‘Arabiyya’s talk-show Ḥiwār al-‘Arab (Arab Talk) on the role of (satellite) news channels during the Arab Spring, which can be expected to rather critically discuss the role of its rival al-Jazeera than its own.

Everyone interested in Arab media (and advantageously possessing some knowledge of Arabic) is most welcome to participate in this workshop (no fee); send an informal e-mail to David Arn until 12 June 2014.