Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook

Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook

Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook

Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook

Synopsis

Knowledgeable Middle Eastern media experts unfold little known but timely information about the region and compendiously discuss communication philosophies, newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, motion pictures, media regulations, ownership patterns, news agencies, new technologies, external media services, and the role of media in national development in 21 country chapters. Undergraduate and graduate students, educators, researchers, journalists, international media consultants, and media specialists will find this premier handbook an invaluable resource.

Excerpt

A crucial, yet unexplored, area in the study of the Middle East consists of the aspects of communication and information flow in the region. Modern telecommunications, especially space-age technology, have altered traditional notions of strategies in international and regional conflict and cooperation. Historically, transportation, navigation, and communication services have been indispensable systems of this strategic aspect of the Middle East. However, in recent times, with the development of modern communication worldwide, the region has acquired an even more vital role. Additionally, the rise of Islamic resurgence as a major revolutionary social and political force, the use of channels of communication as an important vehicle for mobilization, and the integration of modern means of communication into the old social networks--all these have further accelerated the interests and the analysis of communication systems in the Middle East.

Among the many changes that have been sweeping throughout the Middle East during the last several decades, the development of communications has been one of the most fundamental and pervasive of all in its effects on the region's diverse societies. Although there has been a geometric progression of growth in the study of mass communication systems of the Middle East during this period, individual and collective efforts of scholars and writers of this geographical area remain sporadic and unsystematic. In short, the acceleration in the output of work in international and regional studies has not been accompanied by the publication of appropriate materials that would examine the di-

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