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Public Lecture: “Beyond Al Jazeera and the ‘Arab Spring’: Media, Politics and the Struggle Over Modernity in the Arab World Today” with Jaafar Aksikas (Columbia College Chicago)
Most recent conventional accounts of dominant Arab media, both in the Arab world and in the West (including the United States), tend to focus almost exclusively on Al Jazeera or, in the wake of the “Arab Spring” of 2011 and the following political upheavals across the region, on the new and emergent media forms. In these accounts, new Arab media are seen as modernizing, democratizing and liberatory. Aksikas places these media in a broader context, looking especially at consumer and corporate culture. He considers how…Find out more »