Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab by Lena Jayyusi, Anne Sofie Roald

By Lena Jayyusi, Anne Sofie Roald

A lot has been made up of the position of assorted media within the shaping of conflicts and political agendas in trendy Arab international. This quantity examines this subject with interdisciplinary contributions that diversity throughout media reviews, anthroplogy, non secular stories, and political technology and discover either new and older media types.

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In this sense marginalized groups revolt against the regime and bring it down through a variety of means: mobile phones to capture scenes of the protests in the field, and Facebook, to publish these videos. The user becomes the primary actor, and the new media become tools utilized to his advantage. The epistemic challenge is to go beyond these two approaches The answer lies in understanding the relationship between Facebook and the new media on the one hand, and the protests against the regime and the revolutionary process on the other, placing this relationship in the context of the historical developments of the media and communication sphere in Tunisia.

Media and political discourses in the West, and even in the Arab world, viewed it as a revolution materialized through the new media, Facebook in particular. Within this narrative of uniqueness, the Tunisian revolution appears as an offspring of the technological revolution, indeed the prototype of the “modern” revolution, utilizing the new media in their entirety, including blogs and social networks (Facebook and Twitter), in order to achieve the collapse of the system and advance the life of both individual and society.

My own understanding of the Kifaya movement owes a considerable debt to Talal Asad’s insightful comments about the sense of moral imperative underlying its formation, found in his essay (2012). 9. The by-far most useful analysis on the Egyptian blogosphere can be found in two articles by Marc Lynch (2007a; 2007b). For a more general treatment of Internet use and the growth of blogging in the Middle East, see Bunt 2009: 131–176. 10. Useful analyses of the Islamist movement in Egypt are found in Baker 2003; Mahmood 2005; Salvatore 1997; 2001.

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