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Online Arab Spring by Reza Jamali

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National identity, crises of legitimacy and penetration of social networks

The main features of Middle Eastern and North African societies still evident to some extent are their traditional customs, strong tribal ties and religious attitudes. The emergence of mass and social media in these countries has threatened the historical ties holding communities together and many traditional social norms have been fading away among the youth. Accurate studies are needed to shed more light on national identity as the outcome of the interaction between individuals and communities and the mass media, and its position in the era of Internet-based media. It is in the nature of the people of the Middle East to develop deep connections with other groups of ...

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