Anonymous, 22 Sep 2019
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
create content
Do you want to publish your call for papers or article on Digital Islam?
more
newsletter
Register for Newsletter
more
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

New media and the information revolution in the Arab world: An assessment

New media and the information revolution in the Arab world: An assessment
The information revolution in the Arab world, while initially limited to the elites, has transformed political discourse in the region in the space of a few years. Beginning with the spread of pan-Arab newspapers published simultaneously in several cities, and continuing with the growth of satellite television networks (particularly the controversial Al-Jazeera based in Qatar), new technologies have created a new type of political debate that transcends national boundaries. The Internet, while just beginning to have an impact in the Arab world, also has a great potential, though it too is likely to influence the elites, because of high access costs and its largely English-language content. The article surveys the Arab world's experience so far with each of these technologies.
article
24 p
eng