By Tine Ustad Figenschou
This ebook analyzes how and why Al Jazeera English (AJE) grew to become the channel of option to comprehend the large protests around the Arab international 2011. Aiming to give 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 techniques. learning AJE from its release in mid-November 2006 to the ‘Arab Spring’, it explains and problematizes the channel’s bold editorial time table and methods, examines the interior conflicts, sensible demanding situations and minor breakthroughs in its youth.
The Al Jazeera-phenomenon has got substantial cognizance, 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. according to a mix of policy-, creation- and content material research of accomplished empirical information the e-book deals an leading edge point of view at the theorization of worldwide information contra-flows. via problematizing the certain features of AJE, it examines the strategic motivation in the back of the channel and the ways that its construction methods and information profile are supposed to be varied from its Anglo-American rivals. those questions underscore a principal nexus of the publication: the altering dating among transnational satellite tv for pc information and gear.
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Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South is Talking Back by Tine Ustad Figenschou