Arab media adopt citizen journalism to change the dynamics of conflict coverage

By Naila Hamdy - 2010

As the digital world and physical worlds blur further the Internet will become the information hub for a large percentage of the population in Arab countries. Social media, Web 2.0 and future Internet applications will bring more opportunities to those who wish to contribute to the news process. Traditional gate keeping methods will continue to erode and Arab governments and political media will continue to lose their grip on media content.

In the end, citizens will be able to add to the widening spectrum of perspectives allowing for more representation of people and less of the authoritative opinions. Mobilizing and manipulating the public will not be as simple as it has been in the past as more views contribute to the discourse surrounding each conflict, whether Arab/Israeli or otherwise. No doubt the next conflict will allow for more independent coverage as more Arab citizens bring additional sources to help society get a better understanding of the situation at hand.

Global Media Journal Arabian Edition, Fall/Winter 2010, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 3-15. PDF.


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