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Information technology, trust, and social change in the Arab world

Information technology, trust, and social change in the Arab world
Western assessments often suggest that the emergence of satellite TV broadcasting, the Internet and other new media in the Middle East will profoundly change the political and social realities of the region. Such predictions may underestimate the important role played by trust in Middle Eastern societies, where traditional state control of the information media has often meant that more reliance is placed on oral and unofficial means of communications, in the mosque, the coffeehouse, or the marketplace. Just as the validity of the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad were supported by a system of isnad, or the chain of transmission, similarly oral sources of information in the Middle East today sometimes enjoy more credibility than written sources. With this in mind, the article examines the impact of new media in the region.
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17 p.
eng