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Media and the Arab uprisings of 2011: research notes

Cottle, Simon ORCID: 2011. Media and the Arab uprisings of 2011: research notes. Journalism 12 (5) , pp. 647-659. 10.1177/1464884911410017

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In the opening months of 2011 the world witnessed a series of tumultuous events in North Africa and the Middle East that soon became known as the Arab uprisings. What is striking about them is not only their historical momentousness and stunning speed of succession across so many countries, but also the different ways in which media and communications became inextricably infused inside them. Indeed some have been so bold as to label them as the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ or ‘Facebook Revolutions.’ This, however, does less than justice to the media complexities involved. This essay sets out to capture something of the broader, overlapping and interpenetrating ways in which media systems and communication networks have complexly conditioned and facilitated these remarkable historical events and communicated them around the world. In this way it aims to broaden the frame of reference for future in-depth, scholarly research.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arab uprisings; communication networks; mass protests; news ecology; social media
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1464-8849
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:44

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