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Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings

Research on the role that the media has played in the Arab uprisings highlights the liberating potential of the media as a medium for self-expression and democratization. However, little research has focused on questioning the premises and the theories which are adopted to frame this research. This is the concern addressed in Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings. This edited volume critically evaluates the conceptual framework that research adopts to explore the development of a public sphere within the Arab World.

 

Research on the role that the media has played in the Arab uprisings highlights the liberating potential of the media as a medium for self-expression and democratization. However, little research has focused on questioning the premises and the theories which are adopted to frame this research. This is the concern addressed in Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings. This edited volume critically evaluates the conceptual framework that research adopts to explore the development of a public sphere within the Arab World.

The book is introduced by two chapters written by the editors, Suzi Mirgani and Mohamad Zayani, respectively. In “The State of Arab Media in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings,” Mirgani highlights how social-media reflects the developing liberation of Arab media from state control during the uprisings. Following this introduction, the first part of the book, entitled “Arab Media in Transition,” consists of three chapters that review the historically contextualized reading of this topic. In “On the Entangled Question of Media and Politics in the Middle East,” Zayani explores how the contemporary Arab world rewrites the notion of the “political” through cultural practice, whether through direct political contestation or digital participation (p. 34). Zayani highlights the
role that transnational satellite channels, specifically Al Jazeera, have played in this process. 

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