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New Book: Palestine-Israel in the Print News Media: Contending Discourses

The book is concerned with conceptions of language, knowledge, and thought about political conflict in the Middle East in two national news media communities: the United States and the United Kingdom. Arguing for the existence of national perspectives which are constructed, distributed, and reinforced in the print news media, this study provides a detailed linguistic analysis of print news media coverage of four recent events in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in order to examine ideological patterns present in print news media coverage. The two news communities are compared for lexical choices in news stories about the conflict, attribution of agency in the discussion of conflict events, the inclusion or exclusion of historical context in explanations of the conflict, and reliance upon essentialist elements during and within print representations of Palestine-Israel.

Report: The Attitudes of Online Users in the MENA Region to Cybersafety, Security and Data Privacy

The Rassed research program at Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology released its report The Attitudes of Online Users in the MENA Region to Cybersafety, Security and Data Privacy. The study "benchmarks the experience of Internet users in the region against global users in five key areas: access to technology, attitudes towards the Internet, levels of concern, trust in online actors and user behaviors." The survey included 2,793 respondents from across 14 countries in the Middle East.

Book: The Dynamics of Sunni-Shia Relationships: Doctrine, Transnationalism, Intellectuals and the Media

This book presents wide-ranging and up-to-date research that sheds light on the political, sociological and ideological processes that are affecting the dynamics within, as well as the relationships between, the Shia and Sunni worlds. Among the themes discussed are the ideological and doctrinal evolutions that are taking place, the contextualisation of the main protagonists’ political practices, transnational networks, and the role of intellectuals, religious scholars and the media in shaping and informing this dynamic relationship.

Book: Social Media in Politics: Case Studies on the Political Power of Social Media

This book sets out to analyse the relation between social media and politics by investigating the power of the internet, and more specifically social media, in the political and social discourse. The volume collects original research on the use of social media in political campaigns, electoral marketing, riots and social revolutions, presenting a range of case studies from across the world as well as theoretical and methodological contributions. Examples that explore the use of social media in electoral campaigns include, for instance, studies on the use of Facebook in the 2012 US presidential campaign and in the 2011 Turkish general elections. The final section of the book debates the usage of Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools in mobilizing people for riots and revolutions, presenting and analysing recent events in Istanbul and Egypt, among others.

New Book: Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The 'Arab Spring'

The book explores the role of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs, within the field of global journalism with a focus on the recent protests during the 'Arab Spring'. The book is timely as it deals with the transforming media landscape during crisis reporting as a result of the rise of social media news coverage and usage. Specifically, this book focuses on the journalistic challenges, issues and opportunities that have arisen as a result of social media increasingly being used as a form of crisis reporting.
 
Kononova, A. and Alhabash, S., When one medium is not enough: Media use and media multitasking among students in Kuwait. Journal of Middle East Media 8(1) abstract PDF

Report: Citizen Engagement and Public Services in the Arab World: The Potential of Social Media

The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government released the 6th edition of its Arab Social Media Report titled Citizen Engagement and Public Services in the Arab World: The Potential of Social Media, co-authored by Racha Mourtada, Fadi Salem and Sarah Alshaer.

Book: Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web

The book examines the impact of new technologies on political organizing and protest across the political spectrum, from the Arab Spring to artists to far-right groups. Linking new information and communication technologies to possibilities for solidarity and action—as well as surveillance and control—in a context of global capital flow, war, and environmental crisis, the contributors to this volume provide nuanced analyses of the dramatic transformations in media, citizenship, and social movements taking place today.
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