New Media and the New Middle East

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Overview

In one of the most politically volatile and dynamic regions of the world, new media technologies are profoundly influencing the course of events. Satellite television and the Internet are affecting how the people and states of the Middle East function individually and in a global context. In New Media and the New Middle East, topics ranging from women's rights to terrorism and countries from Israel to Saudi Arabia are examined in terms of how new media are reshaping lives and politics, Leading international scholars examine the global and regional ramifications of the proliferation of communication technologies and the information that they disseminate.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This collection is a ‘must have’ for any graduate student or researcher interested in social movements, area studies, media and communication studies, sociology, and political science. It provides a wide range of scholarly discussions and debates, and presents not just the obvious issues facing the Middle East, but teases out the nuances and the subtle complexities facing any modern society. This edited volume offers a compelling case for ensuring all the world’s citizens have access to information technologies.”—Media, War & Conflict

"This volume makes an important step in establishing the current state of Middle Eastern new media and advances some arguments concerning this media’s credibility and use in resistance and conflict situations, thereby paving the way for future books to examine more in-depth these issues of change."

Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research

"There are many reasons to commend Professor Seib’s new book to media students and scholars, especially those with an interest in the Middle East. New Media and the New Middle East is a descriptive title; the chapters do not rehash the well-worn past of media in this important area of the world. The editor, who crafts the first chapter, has taken pains to attract for his publication writers who are young scholars: Ibrahim Saleh, Sahar Khamis, Mohammed el-Nawawy, and Ahmed El Gody, to name a few. These are well-trained scholars who through this book will help shape the research agenda for the first decade of the 21st Century in the Middle East."
—Douglas A. Boyd, University of Kentucky

"A superb collection of essays about timely and developing debates on Arab and Middle Eastern media. In a region thriving with unprecedented growth in satellite channels and internet expansion, Philip Seib’s book makes a major contribution to understand the crucial role of the media in that region, especially in the wake of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and ensuing events. A book waiting to be read."
—Noureddine Miladi, University of Northampton, and the Centre for Arab & Muslim Media Research (CAMMRO), UK

"An interesting addition to the scholarship on Arab media." —European Journal of Communication

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Meet the Author

Philip Seib is Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Seib is author or editor of many books, including: Headline Diplomacy, The Global Journalist, Beyond the Front Lines, and Broadcasts from the Blitz. He is the series editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication and is co-editor of the journal Media, War, and Conflict.

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Table of Contents

List of Graphs vii

List of Tables ix

Preface xi

Notes on the Contributors xvii

1 New Media and Prospects for Democratization Philip Seib 1

2 The Arab Search for a Global Identity: Breaking out of the Mainstream Media Cocoon Ibrahim Saleh 19

3 The Role of New Arab Satellite Channels in Fostering Intercultural Dialogue: Can Al Jazeera English Bridge the Gap? Sahar Khamis 39

4 The Public Diplomacy of Al Jazeera Shawn Powers Eytan Gilboa 53

5 The Caged Bird Sings: How Reliance on Al Jazeera Affects Views Regarding Press Freedom in the Arab World Shahira Fahmy Thomas J. Johnson 81

6 Arab Arguments: Talk Shows and the New Arab Public Sphere Marc Lynch 101

7 U.S. Public Diplomacy and the News Credibility of Radio Sawa and Television Al Hurra in the Arab World Mohammed el-Nawawy 119

8 Women, Blogs, and Political Power in Kuwait Samar al-Roomi 139

9 Israel and the New Media Yehiel Limor 157

10 The Palestinian-Israeli Web War Chanan Naveh 171

11 New Palestinian Media and Democratization from Below Orayb Aref Najjar 191

12 New Media, New Audience, New Topics, and New Forms of Censorship in the Middle East Ahmed El Gody 213

13 Terrorism and the Making of the "New Middle East": New Media Strategies of Hezbollah and al Qaeda Maura Conway 235

Index 259

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