Anonymous, 4 Jun 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: mobile phones

New Book: Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests

In this monograph, Chris Featherman adopts a discourse analytical approach to explore the ways in which social movement ideologies and identities are discursively constructed in new and old media. In the context of his argument, Featherman also considers current debates surrounding the role that technologies play in democracy-building and global activist networks. He engages these critical issues through a case study of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests, looking at both US legacy media coverage of the protests as well as activists’ use of social media. Through qualitative analysis of a corpus of activists’ Twitter tweets and Flickr uploads, Featherman argues that activists’ social media discourses and protesters’ symbolic and tactical borrowing of global English contribute to micronarratives of globalization, while also calling into question master narratives about Iran commonly found in mainstream Western media accounts.

New Book: Journalism and Social Media in Africa: Studies in Innovation and Transformation

This book documents the fast evolving invention of the relationship between the millions of social media and mobile phone users around Africa and traditional purveyors of news. Whilst social media demonstrates an unprecedented ability for the politically engaged to both bypass and influence traditional information flows, it also faces unique circumstances through much of Africa. Signs of social change brought by mobile technology are evident around the continent, raising questions about the nature of information exchange and citizenship. Working from a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the contributors to this collection address key questions emerging from rapid communication change in Africa. This book reveals how new, participatory, interactive communications technologies are enabling new tellings of Africa’s stories.

New Report: Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media Among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon

The Open Society Foundations released its report Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media Among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon written by Elizabeth Frantz, which focuses on how migrant domestic workers in the MENA region access and use information.

New Book: Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood

This book explores the governance potential found in the explosive growth of digital information and communication technology in areas of limited statehood. Today, places with weak or altogether missing state institutions are tied internally and to the larger world by widely available digital technology. The chapters in the book explore questions of when and if the growth in digital technology can fill some of the governance vacuum created by the absence of an effective state.
LeVine, Mark, Comment: Global Story. CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013 abstract full text

History of Modernity and Telephony in the non-West

CyberOrient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
Burçe Çelik
Middle East, mobile phones, information and communication technology, communication studies, social aspects, Middle Eastern studies
Apr 30, 2014
Donald, Stephanie Hemelryk, Anderson, Theresa Dirndorfer and Spry, Damien (eds.), Youth, Society and Mobile Media in Asia. Routledge abstract full text

Report: The Arab World Online: Trends in Internet Usage in the Arab Region

The Dubai School of Government in cooperation with the online recruitment website released its white paper The Arab World Online: Trends in Internet Usage in the Arab Region, co-authored by Sara Alshaer and Fadi Salem. The report is based on a survey conducted with residents from 22 countries in March 2013.

Survey: Media Use in the Middle East

The Northwestern University in Qatar conducted its Media Use in the Middle East survey and made the findings available online on an interactive website. the survey covers eight countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE.
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