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By Sam Cherribi

This booklet offers readers a glimpse into how Al Jazeera has strategically forged its newshounds as martyrs within the fight for Arab freedom whereas selling itself because the mouthpiece and recommend of the Arab public. as well as heralding a brand new period of Arab democracy, Al Jazeera has turn into an incredible impression over Arab perceptions of yank involvement within the Arab international, the Arab-Israeli clash, the increase of global Read more...

summary: This ebook offers readers a glimpse into how Al Jazeera has strategically solid its reporters as martyrs within the fight for Arab freedom whereas selling itself because the mouthpiece and recommend of the Arab public. as well as heralding a brand new period of Arab democracy, Al Jazeera has turn into an immense impression over Arab perceptions of yank involvement within the Arab international, the Arab-Israeli clash, the increase of world Islamic fundamentalism, and the growth of the political some distance correct. Al Jazeera's blueprint for "Muslim-democracy" used to be a part of a imaginative and prescient introduced through the community in the course of its earliest proclaims. The community embarked upon a challenge to reconstruct the Arab approach and psyche. Al Jazeera brought exiled Islamist leaders to the bigger Arab public whereas additionally delivering Muslim feminists a platform. The inclusion and attention of Westerners, Israelis, Hamas, secularists and others earned the community a name for pluralism and inclusiveness. Al Jazeera provided a replicate to an Arab global afraid to ascertain itself and its democratic deficiencies. yet instead of assuming that Al Jazeera is a monolithic strength for confident transformation in Arab society, Fridays of Rage examines the possibly darkish implications of Al Jazeera's radical re-conceptualization of media as a strategic device or weapon. As a strong and swiftly evolving resource of worldwide effect, Al Jazeera embodies many paradoxes--the manifestations and results of which we're most probably merely now turning into obvious. Fridays of Rage publications readers via this murky territory, the place reporters are martyrs, phrases are guns, and evidence are bullets

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However, not all events are equally newsworthy (Fransozi 2004, 168), crucial, or pivotal. By pivotal, I mean the events that are in some way contentious, dramatic, or highly significant for the Arab publics, and often the rest of the world. Fransozi quotes Weber regarding the infinite richness of such events, writing, “The quality of an event as a ‘social-​ economic’ event is not something which it possesses ‘objectively’. It is rather conditioned by the orientation of our cognitive interest, as it arises from the specific cultural significance which we attribute to the particular event in a given case” (Weber 1949, 64 or Franzosi 2004, 188).

The impact of events here is measured by their contentious nature—​ not necessarily as real-​life events but as galvanizing or divisive forces—​that is, their salience for social reality. Braudel, in his book On History, explains that “we can see in advance which events are important, which ones will have consequences. Which ones will affect the future” (1982, 84). He adds that exceptional events have an impact on the order of events (1982, 99–​136). An “event,” for the purposes of this book, can be defined as a happening that occurs in a specific context that can lead to, as Braudel wrote, “a whole chain of events” (1982, 28).

This issue of agency for the Arab publics is also ripe for examination in light of Bourdieu’s description of different types of accumulated capital—​including religious, political, and symbolic—​all of which can have transformative effects on society. Kai Hafez, also writing in the years prior to the first Arab Spring demonstrations, argued that hope for a political revolution spurred by changes in the Arab media had been met with a revolution confined to the entertainment field. Using data indices from Freedom House, Hafez noted that Arab political systems had not substantially improved during the “Al Jazeera Era” (2008, 4).

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