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The Arab Spring As Meta-Event and Communicative Spaces
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.
2013 (English)In: Television and New Media, ISSN 1527-4764, E-ISSN 1552-8316, Vol. 14, no 4, 351-364 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, immediately labeled "the Arab Spring," are best described as processes rather than outcomes. Despite being a common area of media focus due to decades-long geopolitics, the Arab Spring, as a mediatized meta-event, has led to the reemergence of the region as a discursive territory. The communicative spaces that opened up during and in the aftermath of the uprisings allowed for a multiplicity of topics to reenter public discourse across local, national, and transnational scales. In the process, seasoned debates such as religious sectarianism and democratic institutionalization gained magnitude. More specific debates such as Turkey's role as a model/antimodel added new discursive aspects to the multitopic ensemble. The purpose of this article is to reflect on the communicative and scalar dimensions in the mediation of the Arab Spring by way of taking the debates on Turkey as a case in point.

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2013. Vol. 14, no 4, 351-364 p.
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Arab Spring, social media, media events, communicative space, news, mediatization, journalism
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Media and Communication Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124443DOI: 10.1177/1527476413482989ISI: 000319606300007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84878554033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-124443DiVA: diva2:636456
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Available from: 2013-07-10 Created: 2013-07-05 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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