By Tine Ustad Figenschou
This publication analyzes how and why Al Jazeera English (AJE) grew to become the channel of option to comprehend the big protests around the Arab global 2011. Aiming to provide an explanation for the ‘Al Jazeera moment,’ it tracks the channel’s bumpy street in the direction of overseas attractiveness in a longitudinal, in-depth research of the channel’s editorial profile and methods. learning AJE from its release in mid-November 2006 to the ‘Arab Spring’, it explains and problematizes the channel’s formidable editorial time table and methods, examines the inner conflicts, functional demanding situations and minor breakthroughs in its adolescence.
The Al Jazeera-phenomenon has obtained tremendous awareness, however it continues to be under-researched. the expansion of transnational satellite tv for pc tv has remodeled the worldwide media panorama right into a complicated net of multi-vocal, multimedia and multi-directional flows. in response to a mix of policy-, creation- and content material research of accomplished empirical information the ebook bargains an leading edge point of view at the theorization of world information contra-flows. by means of problematizing the designated features of AJE, it examines the strategic motivation in the back of the channel and the ways that its construction procedures and information profile are supposed to be various from its Anglo-American opponents. those questions underscore a relevant nexus of the booklet: the altering dating among transnational satellite tv for pc information and tool.
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Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South is Talking Back by Tine Ustad Figenschou