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Connecting in Crisis: 'Old' and 'New' Media and the Arab Spring
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)In: The International Journal of Press/Politics, ISSN 1940-1612, Vol. 18, no 3, 325-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When political unrest spread from Tunisia to neighbouring countries early in 2011, established global broadcasters were quick to provide commentary on the part played by social media in mobilizing dissent, exploiting the same technology in their own reporting of the protests as they did so. In this article, the relation of ‘old’ to ‘new’ media is explored in a comparison of televised coverage of the Arab Spring in Al Jazeera English, Russia Today,  CNN International and BBC World news. Building on notions of mediapolis and connectivity and mediatized crisis, it seeks to map the shared communicative space opened up by global broadcasters, and how established media actors are adapting to new media ecologies. The empirical analysis shows that social media do not play the prominent role in global television discourse one might expect, and that their prominence and deployment varies from one channel to the other.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 3, 325-341 p.
Keyword [en]
global media, Arab Spring, Al Jazeera English, new media ecology, mediapolis, global television discourse
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89390DOI: 10.1177/1940161213484971ISI: 000330220800004OAI: diva2:617674
Europe as Other. Difference in Global Media Discourse
Swedish Research Council, 421-2009-1698/90169801
Available from: 2013-04-24 Created: 2013-04-24 Last updated: 2014-02-21Bibliographically approved

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