Title

‘COVID Casablanca’: A case of Dubai’s British social media influencers and postdigital intermedia geographies

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Zoe Hurley, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

New Media & Society

Publication Date

5-17-2022

Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, British social media influencers posted pictures and stories from Dubai. As a result, the emirate faced an intense backlash from the British media. This study considers the British media’s motivations for constituting Dubai as Orientalist ‘other’ while uncovering earlier imagined geographies of the Orient. The study develops the novel concept of ‘intermedia geographies’ to trace intertextual links, tales, texts, content, audiences and discourses, as dynamic constellations of the postdigital condition. Unique methods of postdigital critical discourse analysis are developed to map a corpus of 20 British magazine, tabloid and broadsheet newspaper articles, which are the jumping-off point to intertextual references to television, film and earlier Oriental narratives. Theorizing levels up from description to nuanced analysis to illustrate that the themes of content, stance and social actors’ positioning within the corpus are indicative of Britain’s siloed mainstream audiences and postdigital reinforcements of colonial discourse.

ISSN

1461-4448

Publisher

SAGE Publications

First Page

146144482210983

Last Page

146144482210983

Disciplines

Communication

Keywords

Dubai, Intermedia geographies, Orientalism, Postdigital critical discourse analysis, Social media influencers

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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