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Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0 by Tara Brabazon

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Call it hyper activism: politicising the online Arab public sphere and the quest for authenticity and relevance

Aziz Douai

Abstract:

There has been much talk, inside and outside universities, about the role of the read write web in either facilitating or creating political resistance, consciousness, activism and social change. This chapter explores the deployment of web 2.0 in Arab societies, and how it transforms information flows between citizens. An under-researched field, the aim is not to offer generalisations, but to study specific examples and nodes of change and challenge.

Key words

Arab Spring

resistance

activism

social media

user-generated culture

participatory culture

This chapter examines the claim that web 2.0 offers a new ...

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