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Hegemony in the Digital Age: The Arab/Israeli Conflict Online

Hegemony in the Digital Age: The Arab/Israeli Conflict Online

by Stephen M. E. Marmura


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739117736
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/08/2010
Series: Critical Media Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Stephen M. E. Marmura is assistant professor of sociology at St. Francis Xavier University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Identity and Authority in the Age of Networks 1

Aims and Scope 3

Key Terms and Concepts 5

Political Mobilization 10

The Web as a Mass Medium 13

War on the Web 15

Ideology and Civil Society 16

2 Net-Based Activism and American Mid-East Policy 19

Part I Grassroots Mobilization and Political Opportunity 19

Activism and the Net: Relevant Precedents 21

Contemporary Peace Camp Activism 26

3 Net-Based Activism and American Mid-East Policy 37

Part II Public Opinion 37

Backdrop: The Mainstream Media as a Legitimating Identity 37

The Web as an Alternative Mass Medium 42

4 The Voice of Legitimacy: CNN. com and the Arab/Israeli Conflict 55

CNN. com's "Land of Conflict" 58

Part I Dominant Themes and Validity Claims 58

Part II Anchoring Authority in a De-centered Medium 75

Closing Remarks 84

5 Hate and Holy War on the WWW 87

Part I Confronting the Other 87 Promoting the Cause of "White Nationalism" 90 Fighting to Eliminate Israel's "Arab Cancer" 97 Defending Islam and the West from the "Jewish Threat" 106

Closing Remarks 112

6 Hate and Holy War on the WWW 115

Part II The Struggle for Influence 115

Social Movement Integration and Growth 117

Building Alliances: Virtual and Real 125

Discussion 135

7 Hegemony Reconsidered: The Internet, Civil Society, and Social Fragmentation 141

Works Cited 155

Index 169

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