• Is it Possible to Understand the Syrian Revolution through the Prism of Social Media?

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    Is it Possible to Understand the Syrian Revolution through the Prism of Social Media?

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Juliette Harkin, M.Phil Oxon, is a researcher and consultant on the Arab media and a PhD student undertaking research on Syria in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia. Her M.Phil thesis (2009) focused on the changing practice of journalism in Syria.
The aim of this article is to explore a renewed and radical ‘media culture’ that has developed in the extraordinary conditions of the Syrian revolution. The article quickly dismisses the focus on the technology and platforms while using small-scale ethnography to examine social networking sites like Facebook and to underscore the diversity of content being produced by Syrians. It notes how the Syrian media revolution is clearly well under way and how radical, alternative forms of media production are flourishing.

Keywords: Syria, social networking sites, social media, semi-published, revolt, radical alternative media, media

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Harkin J., (2017) “Is it Possible to Understand the Syrian Revolution through the Prism of Social Media?”, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 9(2). p.93-112. doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.168

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Published on
13 Jun 2017
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