Title

Role of the New Media in the Arab Spring

Source of Publication

Globalizations

Abstract

This article examines the role of the new media in the 'Arab Spring' in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It argues that although the new media is one of the factors in the social revolution among others such as social and political factors in the region, it nevertheless played a critical role especially in light of the absence of an open media and a civil society. The significance of the globalization of the new media is highlighted as it presents an interesting case of horizontal connectivity in social mobilization as well signaling a new trend in the intersection of new media and conventional media such as television, radio, and mobile phone. One of the contradictions of the present phase of globalization is that the state in many contexts facilitated the promotion of new media due to economic compulsion, inadvertently facing the social and political consequences of the new media. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Document Type

Article

First Page

675

Last Page

679

Publication Date

10-1-2011

DOI

10.1080/14747731.2011.621287

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Habibul Haque Khondker, Zayed University

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