By Naomi Sakr
Everyone is at the circulate around the Arab global, organizing politically in new methods. The Arab media have additionally passed through a change and are nonetheless in a country of flux. it truly is accordingly the most important so one can talk about political projects within the sector within the gentle of media developments. This authoritative e-book solutions key questions on the connections among media and political swap within the Arab world. utilizing examine into, for instance, practices of net clients, newshounds, demonstrators and manufacturers of fact television, it explores the interface among public interplay over the airwaves, on the polls and at the streets. a full of life team of participants explores such concerns as no matter if kids are served good by means of new media, no matter if running a blog is an influential political instrument, no matter if satellite tv for pc information is helping or hinders diasporic groups politically, and lots more and plenty extra. Engaging with debates on the middle of public affairs and pop culture in Arab nations, this ebook addresses each person who seeks to understand the media politics of this relevant, frequently misunderstood area.
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For example, during the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Al-Jazeera courted its audience by promising to report on the targets hit by US bombs and accusing CNN International of simply showing the aircraft from which US forces dropped bombs. 33 The result was a ‘cold media war’34 waged by Arab and Western satellite newscasters. On the one hand, both are committed to their own respective (political) cultures, societal values and communication systems which they share with their respective target audiences.
This is one of the great struggles among networks today, especially during times of war. 36 For El-Nawawy and Iskandar, ‘contextual objectivity’ is like the Minotaur, the Cretan mythological character that bore the head of a bull and body of a man. It reflects, they say, ‘the instinctive and the rational, the relativist and the positivist’. 37 The collision of different viewpoints or contextual objectivities by representatives of different mass media or journalism cultures can lead to intercultural friction.
21 Daniel Dayan and 30 TELEVISION AND PUBLIC ACTION IN THE BEIRUT SPRING Elihu Katz have also shown how television serves as a medium of national integration. 22 Such events, although organised by the establishment, have the unpredictability that goes with live broadcasts. Yet Thomas Meyer prefers the term ‘pseudo-events’,23 to emphasise the artificial nature of events that are politically staged. In view of such potential contradictions, Margaret Morse’s concept of ‘televisual event’ is useful,24 since it distinguishes between the staged media event and and the televisual event, which is spontaneous.