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Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran
     

Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran

by Yahya R. Kamalipour, Jonathan M. Acuff (Contribution by), Sareh Afshar (Contribution by), Banu Akdenizli (Contribution by), Rasha Allam (Contribution by)
 

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Focusing on the Iranian presidential elections of 2009 and ensuing demonstrations in major cities across Iran and world, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age provides a balanced discussion of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the novel utilization of "small digital media" vis-à-vis the elections and global media

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Focusing on the Iranian presidential elections of 2009 and ensuing demonstrations in major cities across Iran and world, Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age provides a balanced discussion of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the novel utilization of "small digital media" vis-à-vis the elections and global media coverage. Written in a non-technical, easy to read, and accessible manner, the volume will appeal to scholars, students, policy makers and print professionals alike. To provide a global overview of media coverage and diverse perspectives on the controversial 2009 presidential election, this book consists of 24 original essays, covering issues from global media coverage to new media-social networking, from the ideological-political dimensions to the cultural facets of the elections. Organized in a cohesive manner, the writing styles and presentation remain varied and richly informative.

Editorial Reviews

Communication Booknotes Quarterly - Chris Sterling
Offers 24 academic papers providing an analysis of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the utilization of social networking or what some call 'small digital media.'
Reza Aslan
The events surrounding the disputed reelection of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad captured the imagination of the world and launched a global revolution in the way that information is captured and shared by the media. This is the first attempt to analyze what went wrong and what went right in the media's coverage of those events. It is a much-needed contribution to an issue, and a country, that will remain on everyone's radar for years to come.
Abbas Milani
Iran's democratic movement, particularly in the aftermath of last June's contested presidential election, has been one of the biggest media events of the last decade. The movement has also been singular for its fresh, innovative use of modern tools of the digital age. This impressive collection of essays is the first attempt to study both the nature of the global coverage, and the ability of Iranian democrats to use these tools effectively in their fight for liberation. A must read for any serious student of recent politics in Iran, and of the evolving nature of news in our increasingly globalized world.
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
In terms of modern communications theories and practices, contemplating an event as globally significant as the uprisings and crackdowns that followed the fraudulent presidential election of 2009 in Iran deserves a work of scholarship as ambitious in scope and incisive in its various analyses as this book offers. Without it, our understanding of what happened and is still unfolding would have remained incomplete and altogether unreliable.
Douglas Kellner
For those who live in the Western countries and elsewhere, it is crucial to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the political and cultural situation in Iran. Expertly edited by Yahya Kamalipour, this book provides a wealth of informative material written by leading global media scholars, media professionals, and assorted experts on Iran that shed much needed light on the media coverage of the 2009 contested presidential election and provide significant insight about power, politics, culture, and media in the country.
Stephen Kinzer
As America's confrontation with Iran escalates, understanding what is happening inside Iran becomes steadily more important. The essays in this book are full of insights into the power of new media in Iran, its influence on the 2009 election, and emerging trends that may lead the country toward a very different future.
Media International Australia
This book, a series of research-based academic essays, edited by Yahya R. Kamalipour, examines the way the media of different countries covered Iran’s 2009 election, especially through new digital technologies....For anyone seeking detailed insight into both pro- and anti-government views in Iran after the 2009 election, and an understanding of how those events affect Iranians and international politics today, this book provides extensive detail and evidence.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
Offers 24 academic papers providing an analysis of the role and impact of modern communication technologies, particularly the utilization of social networking or what some call 'small digital media.'
— Chris Sterling

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442204157
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Stephen Kinzer
As America's confrontation with Iran escalates, understanding what is happening inside Iran becomes steadily more important. The essays in this book are full of insights into the power of new media in Iran, its influence on the 2009 election, and emerging trends that may lead the country toward a very different future.
Douglas Kellner
For those who live in the Western countries and elsewhere, it is crucial to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the political and cultural situation in Iran. Expertly edited by Yahya Kamalipour, this book provides a wealth of informative material written by leading global media scholars, media professionals, and assorted experts on Iran that shed much needed light on the media coverage of the 2009 contested presidential election and provide significant insight about power, politics, culture, and media in the country.
Abbas Milani
Iran's democratic movement, particularly in the aftermath of last June's contested presidential election, has been one of the biggest media events of the last decade. The movement has also been singular for its fresh, innovative use of modern tools of the digital age. This impressive collection of essays is the first attempt to study both the nature of the global coverage, and the ability of Iranian democrats to use these tools effectively in their fight for liberation. A must read for any serious student of recent politics in Iran, and of the evolving nature of news in our increasingly globalized world.
Reza Aslan
The events surrounding the disputed reelection of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad captured the imagination of the world and launched a global revolution in the way that information is captured and shared by the media. This is the first attempt to analyze what went wrong and what went right in the media's coverage of those events. It is a much-needed contribution to an issue, and a country, that will remain on everyone's radar for years to come.
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
In terms of modern communications theories and practices, contemplating an event as globally significant as the uprisings and crackdowns that followed the fraudulent presidential election of 2009 in Iran deserves a work of scholarship as ambitious in scope and incisive in its various analyses as this book offers. Without it, our understanding of what happened and is still unfolding would have remained incomplete and altogether unreliable.

Meet the Author

Yahya R. Kamalipour is professor of mass and international communication, head of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts, and Director of Center for Global Studies, Purdue University in Indiana.

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