Anonymous, 5 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: activism
 
Laipson, Ellen (Ed.), Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East. The Henry L. Stimson Center, 2011 abstract full text PDF

New Book: Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution

In this book, NPR social media chief Andy Carvin – “the man who tweets revolutions” - offers a unique first-person recap of the Arab Spring. Part memoir, part history, the book includes intimate stories of the revolutionaries who fought for freedom on the streets and across the Internet - stories that would have never been recorded before the days of social media.
 
Iskandar, Adel and Haddad, Bassam (eds.), Mediating the Arab Uprisings. Tadween Publishing 2013 abstract full text

New Book: Mediating the Arab Uprisings

The volume includes essays on the tribulations of covering Syria, the contextualization and demythologizing of Facebook activism, the New York Times’ reporting rituals on Palestine, the tumult of Egypt’s media post-Mubarak, the ominous omnipresence of perennial media darling Fouad Ajami, the faltering of Al-Jazeera Arabic in the wake of the uprisings, the gendered sexuality of reporting Egypt, and journalism’s damning failure on Iraq.
 
Aouragh, Miriyam, Tweeting like a Pigeon: The Internet in the Arab Revolutions. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, 2012 abstract full text
 
El-Nawawy, Mohammed; Khamis, Sahar, Cyberactivists Paving the Way for the Arab Spring: Voices from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, 2012 abstract full text

New Book: Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

The book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking Civil Society Organizations, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
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