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Development and Decision-Making in Arab SatelliteTV

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Naomi Sakr, University of Westminster
Edited transcript of a contribution to the workshop on New Media and the Reconstruction of Popular Culture in the Arab World, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. May 17, 2006

In this talk I plan to focus on decision-making in Arab satellite TV as a way of assessing some of the ways in which it is developing. As a point of entry I will start with a little anecdote about how decisions get made in one rather exceptional set of circumstances. It comes from an article Read the rest of this entry »

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New Media and U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

William A. Rugh
Based on remarks delivered at workshop on New Media and the Reconstruction of Popular Culture in the Arab World. Georgetown University Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies. May 17, 2006.

During the course of the past 15 years, major changes have taken place in Arab media, principally with the emergence of Arab satellite television. Prior to 1990, almost all Arab radio and television channels were government monopolies, and most print media were under various forms of direct and indirect government influence. Arab journalists observed written laws, most of which contained provisions allowing state control of media content one way or another. They also observed unwritten taboos, and many practiced self-censorship. For many Arabs, the only alternatives to media dominated by their governments were foreign broadcasters such as the BBC, VOA & Radio Monte Carlo. The most important exception was found in Lebanon, where the political system fostered newspapers representing a variety of different views. But the electronic media tended to be very uniform and controlled in each country. [1]

That situation began to change in the early 1990s as Arab satellite television stations were established, Read the rest of this entry »

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Convergence, Next Phase of the Information Revolution

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Jon W. Anderson, Catholic University of America

Revised version of a contribution to the workshop on New Media and the Reconstruction of Popular Culture in the Arab World. Georgetown University Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies.  May 17, 2006

Excitement over the revolutionary potentials of new media and information technologies in the Middle East that accompanied the advent of the Internet, satellite television and mobile phones in the 1990s focused on them as alternatives.  New technologies, alternative channels, and indications of alternative political and other discourses breaking into the public suggested transformation of a public sphere, in the main organized institutionally, not only with new voices but also new people.  The boundary-busting potentials of NMIT were seen first in terms of alternatives by those who welcomed them and by those with reservations.  Indeed, reservations – moral, cultural, political anxieties over new information and communications technologies and new media – seemed to confirm their status primarily as alternatives.

Time and experience have outrun this paradigm, however.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Unscripted Television Programs and Corporate/State Concerns: The View from Nilesat

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Jacob Arback, Business Research International
Paper delivered at a the Middle East Studies Association, November 1999.

My particular contribution today is to explore the Egyptian government’s role in the region’s exploding television market and its influence in shaping what goes on the air nationally. As someone who has been both an observer of the State’s Broadcasting sector throughout this decade and an inside advisor to some of its most visible television and satellite projects, I can at least offer my impressions from the Corporate perspective. My premise at the outset is that the proliferation and popularity of unscripted television in Egypt is a direct, if unintended result, of a very scripted media and telecommunications strategy on the part of the Egyptian government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome to NMIT Working Papers

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

NMIT, a selection of “working” papers on new media and information technologies in the Middle East, has returned with

  • new data and findings from on-going social science research on uses and impacts of information technologies in work, leisure, education, commerce, media, development, local and regional identities, globalization and transnational ties in the Middle East
  • about changing access to communications, production and consumption of media, the evolving political economy of telecommunications, policy issues, and the cultural registers of information technologies in the countries of the region and the Middle Easts overseas
  • sponsored by the Arab Information Project at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

The goal of NMIT Working Papers is to enhance the circulation of initial findings Read the rest of this entry »

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