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What's Going On?: Making sense of the role of the media in the Arab Uprisings


Alexa Robertson


The article reviews recent scholarship on the role of the media in the Arab uprisings. After a summary of events, it sets out the debate between researchers who attribute a central and significant role to social media in the mobilizations that spread from Tunisia to Egypt and beyond in early 2011, and those who are more sceptical of such ‘techno-enthusiasm’. Different theoretical perspectives on the media and protest are then presented, followed by an overview of empirical approaches to the topic. It is argued that the impact of socialmedia must be viewed in relation to how they fit into widermedia ecologies and social and political structures.

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    Sociology Compass, Vol 9, Nr 7.
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Media and Protest

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Alexa Robertson

Alexa Robertson är professor i medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap och undervisar på masterprogrammet vid IMS. Hon är utbildad historiker med en filosofie kandidatexamen från Stirling och en masterexamen från L.S.E. Hon flyttade till IMS efter fler... Läs vidare


Robertson, A. (2015). What's Going On?: Making sense of the role of the media in the Arab Uprisings. Sociology Compass, 9(7), pp. 531-541. Available at: [Accessed 20 Sep. 2019]. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12278.