New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice

Aouragh, M. 2015. New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice. Jadaliyya. 05 (November), p. 2015.

TitleNew Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice
TypeEdited issue
AuthorsAouragh, M.
Abstract

In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster`s CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the common denominator at the event was (the need for) a prevailing dialectical understanding of the Arab revolutions, namely as a process demonstrating important, and often intractable, contradictions. As some forms of knowledge production are challenged by this paradigmatic shift, others are fostered and furthered, therefore making these dramatic transformations difficult to understand at the levels of theory and practice. Studies of the Internet have clearly proliferated and are offering a rich field in the study of politics and culture. However, the field is extremely dispersed and there is not one particular genre or methodology from which one can derive clear answers. Taken together, both the political context and the disciplinary fragmentations complicate critical analyses of the relation between new media and the enormous political developments witnessed in the Arab world since 2011.

KeywordsArab Spring, New Media, Revolutions, Theory & Practice
JournalJadaliyya
Journal citation05 (November), p. 2015
Year2015
PublisherMiddle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative
Web address (URL)https://mespi.org/2015/11/05/roundtable-introduction-new-media-new-politics-revolutions-in-theory-and-practice/
Publication dates
Published05 Nov 2015

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