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Convergence, Next Phase of the Information Revolution

Convergence, Next Phase of the Information Revolution

Excitement over the revolutionary potentials of new media and information technologies in the Middle East that accompanied the advent of the Internet, satellite television and mobile phones in the 1990s focused on them as alternatives.  New technologies, alternative channels, and indications of alternative political and other discourses breaking into the public suggested transformation of a public sphere, in the main organized institutionally, not only with new voices but also new people.  The boundary-busting potentials of NMIT were seen first in terms of alternatives by those who welcomed them and by those with reservations.  Indeed, reservations – moral, cultural, political anxieties over new information and communications technologies and new media – seemed to confirm their status primarily as alternatives.Time and experience have outrun this paradigm, however.  Many new actors turned out to have roots in old establishments.  Often it was the cadet generations of elites who brought the new technologies.  Governments proved adept at deploying the underlying technologies to their own ends.  Much content seemed trivial, or little more than demonstration projects, while old models of information, such as of journalism, translated all to well to new media

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