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New Book: Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice

This book examines how interactive technologies can be applied to teaching, research and the practice of communication. The book demonstrates how social media can be utilized in the classroom to build the skillsets of students going into journalism, public relations, integrated marketing, and other communications fields.

New Report: Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War

The United States Institute of Peace released a report that analyzes the role of social media in Syria's civil war. The report is titled Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War and written by Marc Lynch, Deen Freelon and Sean Aday. It presents novel empirical research on Twitter conversations about Syria that demonstrates important new findings about differences across Arabic and English users, and about the emergence of distinct, insular clusters of discourse.
 
Sakr, Laila Shereen, A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising. Middle East Critique. Special Issue: The Arab Uprisings of 2011. Vol. 22, Iss. 3, 2013 abstract full text

Book: The Social Media Wars: Sunni and Shi'a Identity Conflicts in the Age of Web 2.0 and the Arab Spring

This monograph evaluates the role of the social media in strengthening and transforming religious identities in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Focusing specifically on Bahrain, this study assesses how the sectarian interpretation of the protests exacerbated social divisions and reverberated around the Middle East intensifying sectarian loyalties. The social media contribute to negotiation and re-construction of the collective identities of the groups involved in the 2011 uprising, which is visible through their online manifestations.

New Report: Mapping Digital Media: Jordan

The Open Society Foundations released its report Mapping Digital Media: Jordan written by Rana F. Sweis & Dina Baslan. "The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs."

New Book: Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

The author focuses largely on the years between 1998 and 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics. While it tempers celebratory claims that have dominated assessments of the Iranian Internet, Electronic Iran is ultimately optimistic in its outlook. As it exposes and assesses overlooked aspects of the Iranian Internet, the book sketches a more complete map of its dynamic landscape, and suggests that the transformative powers of digital media can only be developed and understood if attention is paid to both the specificities of new technologies as well as the local and transnational contexts in which they appear.

Winners of Brass Crescent Blog Awards 2013

The Annual Brass Crescent Awards, a project started in 2004 with the purpose of promoting the best of the Muslim blogosphere, were awarded for year 2013. The best Muslim-authored blog is ProductiveMuslim.

New Book: Cairo: Images of Transition: Perspectives on Visuality in Egypt 2011-2013

The book offers a broad range of artistic and academic works that examine the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the wake of the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. With an emphasis on the political processes of 2011-2012, it traces the shifting status of the image as a communicative tool, a witness to history, and an active agent for change.

New Issue of the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research

The Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research released its new issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2013), edited by Noureddine Miladi from the Qatar University. The issue focuses on the current Arab media and journalism.

New Report: Mapping Digital Media: Singapore

The Open Society Foundations released its report Mapping Digital Media: Singapore written by Lau Joon Nie, Trisha Lin & Low Mei Mei. "The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs."
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