The Analytic Challenges of Studying the Middle East and its Evolving Media Environment

The Analytic Challenges of Studying the Middle East and its Evolving Media Environment © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/187398608X317388 Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 1 (2008) 8–23 www.brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Th e Analytic Challenges of Studying the Middle East and its Evolving Media Environment Annabelle Sreberny School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Email: as98@soas.ac.uk Keywords Middle East; Media; Political Economy; Political Communication; Cultural Studies Over a decade ago, I wrote an essay entitled ‘Media and Democratization in the Middle East: Th e Strange Case of Television’ which contextualized the then rapid development of new media channels in the region and assessed their potential for the development of political awareness and participation, especially among women. Th e piece was republished a number of times (Sreberny 1998; 2000). Now I am delighted to write for the fi rst issue of a new journal that is devoted to the analysis of contemporary mediated culture in the region. An important new area of intellectual research and analysis is opening up that poses real challenges to extant analytic frames and disciplinary approaches. I base the following on some arguments in the original article which still have validity today. One of the challenges that the fi elds of Media and Cultural http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication Brill

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BRILL
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1873-9857
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1873-9865
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10.1163/187398608X317388
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/187398608X317388 Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 1 (2008) 8–23 www.brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Th e Analytic Challenges of Studying the Middle East and its Evolving Media Environment Annabelle Sreberny School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Email: as98@soas.ac.uk Keywords Middle East; Media; Political Economy; Political Communication; Cultural Studies Over a decade ago, I wrote an essay entitled ‘Media and Democratization in the Middle East: Th e Strange Case of Television’ which contextualized the then rapid development of new media channels in the region and assessed their potential for the development of political awareness and participation, especially among women. Th e piece was republished a number of times (Sreberny 1998; 2000). Now I am delighted to write for the fi rst issue of a new journal that is devoted to the analysis of contemporary mediated culture in the region. An important new area of intellectual research and analysis is opening up that poses real challenges to extant analytic frames and disciplinary approaches. I base the following on some arguments in the original article which still have validity today. One of the challenges that the fi elds of Media and Cultural

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Middle East Journal of Culture and CommunicationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: MIDDLE EAST; POLITICAL COMMUNICATION; POLITICAL ECONOMY; CULTURAL STUDIES; MEDIA

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