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Peterson, Mark Allen, Egypt's Media Ecology in a Time of Revolution. Arab Media and Society, Issue 13, 2011 abstract full text PDF

Reporters Without Borders' Internet Enemies Report 2011

Reporters Without Borders published a new report on online freedom of expression and cyber censorship, the report is titled Internet Enemies. Countries labeled as "Internet Enemies" in 2011 are Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Tunisia and Egypt have been dropped from the “Internet Enemies” list and added to the “Under Surveillance” list. Other countries in this category are (for various reasons) Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Eritrea, France, Libya, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. The 100-page report gives detailed information on the current situation in these countries.

1953 Iranian Coup d'Etat as Digital Comics for iPad Only

A new interactive comics Operation Ajax, designed specifically for the iPad, is being published chapter by chapter. The graphic novel is an adaptation of Stephen Kinzer’s, from The New York Times, nonfiction book All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. It depicts the events of the coup d'etat backed by CIA in which Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister, was overthrown in 1953. The comics was developed by Cognito Comics and Tall Chair, using its reading technology called Active Reader.

New Video Game: Playing the Cat of the Iranian Politician Ousted by CIA

A new video game named "The Cat and the Coup" illustrates the life of Mohammad Mossadegh, the Prime Minister of Iran who was overthrown in coup d'etat in 1953. In this documentary game, whose art-style is based on classical Persian miniatures, a gamer doesn't play the role of Mossadegh himself but plays his cat. The game was co-developed by Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad and shall be available in 2011. It won the Documentary Game Award at International Festival of Independent Games, IndieCade 2010.

New Book: Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence

This book includes nine essays that present the region's major national cinemas, devoting special attention to the work of directors who have given image and voice to dissent from political regimes, from patriarchal customs, from fundamentalist movements, and from the West. These country essays are complemented by in-depth discussions of eighteen films that have been selected for both their excellence and their critical engagement with pressing current issues.
Mohammad Hadi Sohrabi-Haghighat, New Media and Social-political Change in Iran, CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, 2011

Media, Culture and Society in Iran: Living with Globalization and the Islamic State

By exploring topics such as the Internet, print press, advertising, satellite television, video, rock music, literature, cinema, gender, religious intellectuals, and secularism, this unique and wide-ranging volume explains Iran as a complex society that has successfully managed to negotiate and embody the tensions of tradition and modernity, democracy and theocracy, isolation and globalization, and other such cultural-political dynamics that escape the explanatory and analytical powers of all-too-familiar binary relations.

The Politics of Iranian Cinema: Film and Society in the Islamic Republic

Contributing to ethnographic accounts of Iranian governance in the field of culture, the book reveals the complex behind-the-scenes negotiations between filmmakers and the authorities which constitute a major part of the workings of film censorship. The author traces the relationship of Iranian cinema to recent social/political movements in Iran, namely reformism and women’s movement, and shows how international acclaim has been instrumental in filmmakers’ engagement with matters of political importance in Iran.

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.
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