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


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Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran by Yahya R. Kamalipour

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.

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Cees J. Hamelink xiii

Introduction Yahya R. Kamalipour xvii

About Iran xxiii

Map of Iran xxv

Part I Global Media Dimensions

1 The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election in the Coverage of CNN and Al-Jazeera English Websites Mohammed el-Nawawy 3

2 The Canadian Media-Framing of the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election Mahmoud Eid Aliaa Dakroury 15

3 The 2009 Iranian Presidential Election in the Polish Media Tomasz Pludowski 41

4 The Portrait of Iran: How the Turkish Press Covered the 2009 Presidential Election Banu Akdenizli 47

5 A Comparative Analysis of the Egyptian and Iranian Presidential Elections Media Coverage Rasha Allam 63

6 The Presidential Election in Iran in 2009: Pre- and Postelection News Coverage in the German Press Christine Horz 71

7 How the Mass Media Defined Iran's Destiny: A General Overview of the Role of Media Outlets in Iran's June 2009 Presidential Election Kourosh Ziabari 79

8 Televised Presidential Election Debates: A Brief Comparative Analysis of the American and Iranian Debates Negin Hosseini 87

Part II New Media and Social Networking Dimensions

9 What's That Chirping I Hear" From the CNN Effect to the Twitter Effect Nancy Snow 97

10 Bullets with Butterfly Wings: Tweets, Protest Networks, and the Iranian Election Ali Fisher 105

11 Graphic Content: The Semiotics of a YouTube Uprising Setareh Sabety 119

12 The Role and Impact of New Information Technology (NIT) Applications in Disseminating News about the Recent Iran Presidential Election and Uprisings Mahboub Hashem Abeer Najjar 125

13 The Role of E-diplomacy in Iranian and Xinjiang Riots Li Xiguang Wang Jing 143

Part III Ideological-Political Dimensions

14 Khameni's Group against Khomeini Followers Madhav D. Nalapat 153

15 Silencing Iran's Twitterati: How U.S. Sanctions Muzzle Iran's Online Opposition Trita Parsi David Elliott Patrick Disney 161

16 Legal Opinion as Political Action: The Significance of Ayatollah Montazeri's Postelection Fatwa in Delegitimizing the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmad Sadri Mahmoud Sadri 171

17 Televising the "Velvet Revolution": Show Trials in the Aftermath of Iran's Tenth Presidential Election Ibrahim Al-Marashi 183

18 The Ramadan Controversy: Dilemmas in Mediating between Cultures through the Study of Dutch and Iranian Media Discourses in the Post-Iranian Uprising Payal Arora Ashok Panikkar 191

Part IV Cultural and Communication Dimensions

19 Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, More Powerful Than a Locomotive: Mutual Instrumentalization of Culture, Cinema, and Media by Iran and the United States Hamid Naficy 205

20 Social Networking Media and the Revolution That Wasn't: A Realistic Assessment of the Revolutionary Situation in Iran Jonathan M. Acuff 221

21 Are We Neda" The Iranian Women, the Election, and International Media Sareh Afshar 235

22 Symbols, Signs, and Slogans of the Demonstrations in Iran Elham Gheytanchi 251

23 Friend or Foe" The Challenges and Tribulations of Iranian Reporters Working for Western Media Siavush Randjbar-Daemi 265

24 Cyber Disobedience: Weapons of Mass Media Distruction" Michele Bach Malek 277

Recommended Sources 289

Index 293

About the Contributors 305

What People are Saying About This

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.

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