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Citizen journalism in the Syrian uprising: problematizing Western narratives in a local context

Al-Ghazzi, Omar (2014) Citizen journalism in the Syrian uprising: problematizing Western narratives in a local context. Communication Theory, 24 (4). pp. 435-454. ISSN 1468-2885

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Identification Number: 10.1111/comt.12047

Abstract

This article analyzes the term ‘citizen journalism’ against the backdrop of the Arab uprisings in order to show how it overlooks the local context of digital media practices. The first part examines videos emanating from Syria to illustrate how they blur the lines between acts of witnessing, reporting, and lobbying, as well as between professional and amateur productions, and civic and violent intentions. The second part highlights the genealogies of citizenship and journalism in an Arab context and cautions against assumptions about their universality. The article argues that the oscillation of Western narratives between hopes about digital media's role in democratization in the Arab World and fears about their use in terrorism circumscribe the theorization of digital media practices.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1111/comt.12047
Additional Information: © 2017 John Wiley & Sons
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 14:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83734

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