Role of the New Media in the Arab Spring

  title={Role of the New Media in the Arab Spring},
  author={Habibul Haque Khondker},
  pages={675 - 679}
  • H. Khondker
  • Published 1 October 2011
  • Sociology
  • Globalizations
This article examines the role of the new media in the ‘Arab Spring’ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It argues that although the new media is one of the factors in the social revolution among others such as social and political factors in the region, it nevertheless played a critical role especially in light of the absence of an open media and a civil society. The significance of the globalization of the new media is highlighted as it presents an interesting case of… 

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