New media in the Arab world. (c2011)

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dc.contributor.author Barakat, Rabie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-18T09:22:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-18T09:22:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-01-18
dc.date.submitted 2011-09-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1047
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 78-88). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis highlights the role of new media in shaping public discourse and redesigning geopolitical realities in the Arab World. It examines the interrelation between media and politics as revealed by the Arab popular uprisings that swept away regional status quos in 2011. New media in general and Al Jazeera in particular were able to foster public dynamics and control their trajectories. The result was an introduction of the public sphere as an active player in shaping political realities and reconstructing the Arab World on different grounds. The new power formula also introduced media-sponsoring states as key players in the region. Qatar was greatly able to expand its leverage through “organic intellectuals” hosted by Al Jazeera to take part in the interactive discourse with the public. Moreover, the media effect created a turbulent stage with open possibilities, thus allowing foreign states to intervene in molding the new scene and drawing its horizons. Media escalation triggered an uncontrolled domino effect which threatened national identities and regional balances. It enticed previously contained dynamics in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain; and when developments broke loose from all restraining factors, as in the case of Libya, soft power was replaced by military intervention and the domestic character of the Libyan uprising gained international dimensions and was further complicated. The thesis presents an analysis of the phenomena uncovered by the media-politics interchange and finally suggests that new media will maintain its presence as an influential intruder in shaping the dialectical interplay between regional players in the foreseen future. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Mass media -- Political aspects -- Arab countries en_US
dc.subject Mass media and public opinion -- Arab countries en_US
dc.subject Jazeera (Television network) en_US
dc.subject Television broadcasting of news -- Objectivity -- Arab countries en_US
dc.subject Arab countries -- Politics and government en_US
dc.title New media in the Arab world. (c2011) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle A tool for redesigning geopolitical realities en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer II en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200700385 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Skulte Ouaiss
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami Barroudi
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: viii, 89 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Bassel Salloukh
dc.keywords Public Sphere en_US
dc.keywords Media Discourse en_US
dc.keywords Constructivist Approach en_US
dc.keywords Transnational Organic Intellectuals en_US
dc.keywords Geopolitical Realities en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2011.45 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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