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Arab uprisings, media inscriptions

Cottle, Simon 2011. Arab uprisings, media inscriptions. Re-public: Re-Imagining Democracy

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Abstract

What is striking about the continuing wave of Arab uprisings is not only their historical momentousness and stunning speed of succession across so many countries, but also the different and complex ways in which media and communications have become inextricably infused inside them. Indeed some have been so bold as to label them as the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ or ‘Facebook Revolutions’ in recognition of the prominent part played by new social media, whether in the co-ordination of mass protests, communication of real-time images and up-to-date information, or processes of contagion across the Arab region. This, however, is to do less than justice to both the political and media complexities involved or their mutual interaction moving through time. If we are to begin to understand the complex ways in which media systems and communication networks have conditioned and facilitated these remarkable historical events and communicated them around the world we need to broaden our frame of reference beyond the events of the uprisings themselves and attend to the multiple, complex and interpenetrating ways in which today’s media ecology have not only conditioned them but served to enact them, entering into their unfolding trajectory and powerful reverberations around the world. Here ten different forms of media and communication inscription are noted, each demanding further research and scholarly attention in the months and years ahead.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Additional Information: Special issue devoted to Networked Revolts
ISSN: 1791-857X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:57
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/29790

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