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Interviews on the Role of Social Media in Tunisia and Egypt

Following up the events in Tunisia and Egypt, Al Jazeera English broadcasted three interesting discussions focusing on the role of social media, with a range of guests, both academics and activists. It also aired a four years old short movie titled Blogging on the Nile showing the confrontation between the Egyptian bloggers' community and the power.

Report from USIP: Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics

In this report a team of scholars from The George Washington University, in cooperation with scholars from Harvard University and Morningside Analytics, critically assesses both the “cyberutopian” and “cyberskeptic” perspectives on the impact of new media on political movements. The authors propose a more complex approach that looks at the role of new media in contentious politics from five interlocking levels of analysis: individual transformation, intergroup relations, collective action, regime policies, and external attention.

New Book: Blogistan: The Internet and Politics in Iran

The protests unleashed by Iran's disputed presidential election in June 2010 brought the Islamic Republic's vigorous cyber culture to the world's attention. Iran has an estimated 700,000 bloggers, and new media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were thought to have played a key role in spreading news of the protests. The internet is often celebrated as an agent of social change in countries like Iran, but most literature on the subject has struggled to grasp what this new phenomenon actually means. How is it different from print culture? Is it really a new public sphere? Will the Iranian blogosphere create a culture of dissidence, which eventually overpowers the Islamist regime? In this groundbreaking work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary internet culture in Iran and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country.

New Book: Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran

Focusing on the Iranian presidential elections of 2009 and ensuing demonstrations in major cities across Iran and world, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age provides a balanced discussion of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the novel utilization of "small digital media" vis-à-vis the elections and global media coverage. Written in a non-technical, easy to read, and accessible manner, the volume will appeal to scholars, students, policy makers and print professionals alike.
Fouts, Joshua, Al-Andalus 2.0. Saudi Aramco World, Number 4, Volume 61, July/August 2010 abstract full text

New Book: Broadcast, Internet, and TV Media in the Arab World and Small Nations: Studies in Recent Developments

In this collection, scholars from various backgrounds discuss how emerging changes in media content and delivery influence culture, education, international relations, and human expectations in the Arab world. It traces global media trends of convergence and competition for a fragmented and diverse audience. Communication around the globe is easier now than any other time in history. Technology has expanded to the extent that it is affordable to large populations and consequently there are ramifications for the way people are interacting. The proliferation of social media such as Twitter and FaceBook has caused traditional media to alter the way business has been conducted. In this book these emerging global media trends are examined from various perspectives.
Kuntsman, Adi and Stein, Rebecca L., Another War Zone: Social Media in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Middle East Report Online, September 2010 abstract full text

New Book: Global Terrorism and New Media: The Post-Al Qaeda Generation

Global Terrorism and New Media carefully examines the content of terrorist websites and extremist television programming to provide a comprehensive look at how terrorist groups use new media today. Based partly on a content analysis of discussion boards and forums, the authors share their findings on how terrorism 1.0 is migrating to 2.0 where the interactive nature of new media is used to build virtual organization and community. Although the creative use of social networking tools such as Facebook may advance the reach of terrorist groups, the impact of their use of new media remains uncertain. The book pays particular attention to terrorist media efforts directed at women and children, which are evidence of the long-term strategy that some terrorist organizations have adopted, and the relationship between terrorists’ media presence and actual terrorist activity. This volume also looks at the future of terrorism online and analyzes lessons learned from counterterrorism strategies.

Special Issue of CyberOrient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East

CyberOrient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association; Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague
Daniel Martin Varisco; Vit Sisler
Middle East, Muslim minorities, cultural studies, communication studies, information and communication technology, Islam, sociology, ethnography, Middle Eastern studies, social networks
Dec 1, 2010
Howard, Philip N., The Lasting Impact of Digital Media on Civil Society. U.S. State Department Global E-Journal, January 25, 2010. abstract full text
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