The New Arab Media: Technology, Image and Perception by Mahjoob Zweiri, Emma C. Murphy

By Mahjoob Zweiri, Emma C. Murphy

"The New Arab Media: expertise, snapshot and conception" presents a priceless advent and research of a few of crucial matters surrounding the recent media revolution within the center East, particularly analyzing the 2 Janus-like faces of the recent media within the heart East: its function in reflecting advancements in the zone in addition to its functionality in projecting the Arab global open air of the center East. themes tested in the e-book comprise the impression of Al-Jazeera; implementation of the web within the sector; use of the media for international relations and propaganda; photograph tradition; use of the web by way of non secular diasporas; ICTs and the Arab Public Sphere; the impression of satellite tv for pc television on Arab public opinion; and the explosion of neighborhood radio stations in Jordan.

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While versions of at least some engineering values and work habits passed into these arenas, the transferability of these values, and their universality, has been vastly overestimated. Focus on either their democratizing or co-optational virtues misses the more mundane processes of alliance-seeking and coalition formation both where the Internet originated and in its spread, or implementation, in the Middle East. 9 That is, IT workers exhibited a broad identification with IT itself. Something like that attitude seems to lodge in a cohort of public sector technocrats and their [27] 629 Arab Media Book:Arab Media 23/09/2010 13:36 Page 28 THE NEW ARAB MEDIA enablers in the Middle East who are no less IT enthusiasts than employees in Silicon Valley.

The differences in cultural backgrounds of international and Arab journalists) as well as to the nature of the audiences. However, this study concludes that there are also differences in the content of the news coverage between the al-Jazeera television channels and the websites which can be attributed to the nature of each format. , half-an-hour programming), website reporting has more freedom, is not as bound by time and space, and can also take advantage of the interactive nature of Internet technology.

A MENA conference in 1995 that marked Jordan’s return to favour in the Arab League displayed an Internet connection with much fanfare. It used facilities installed for telemedicine, which engineers employed to show Internet capabilities, and on which businesses subsequently attempted to piggy-back. These limited disintermediations (such as flat structures and selfadministration) imagined by engineers were seized upon by journalists and political pundits promoting the familiar and limitless liberationist ‘Internetology’ of open markets, open media, open government and open societies.

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