By Ezzeddine Abdelmoula
Al Jazeera and Democratization analyses the expanding function of the media in political variations with a different emphasis at the Arab global. Taking the Al Jazeera media community as a case learn, the writer explains how attractive the general public and supplying structures for open debate and loose expression contributed to the emergence of a brand new shiny Arab public sphere.
The release of Al Jazeera in 1996 used to be an important occasion that ended in next alterations either in Arab media and politics. between those adjustments, the Arab spring is definitely the main outstanding. This unparalleled phenomenon has already ended in political switch in a few nations and is predicted to generate a democratizing wave and reshape the face of the quarter. The Arab spring presents us with a telling empirical instance the place the interaction among media and politics is show up. the general public sphere that has emerged out of this newly communicative setting has absolutely performed its position within the present political variations. during this context, Arab democratization is not any longer an summary, it is very a constructing procedure that wishes our cognizance and calls for concerted scholarly efforts.
Highly topical, this booklet offers a clean theoretical standpoint on Arab democratization in gentle of the Arab Spring, and is key studying for researchers and scholars of center East Politics, Media stories and Democratization.
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Extra resources for Al Jazeera and Democratization: The Rise of the Arab Public Sphere
The public sphere in “the world of letters” embraced the wider stratum of the middle class and opened access to an unprecedented mixture of circles including craftsmen and shopkeepers. It was a signiﬁcant shift in the social, economic and intellectual life of bourgeois society where “the mind was no longer in the service of a patron and the opinion became emancipated from the bonds of economic dependence” (Habermas, 1989, p. 33). In these public spaces, a new form of communication and understanding between persons of diverse background began to take shape, transcending the barriers of social hierarchy.
185). In this state of aﬀairs, Street claims, political arguments are trivialized, appearances matter more than reality, personalities more than policies, the superﬁcial more than the profound. The responsibility for this degradation in the function of politics and the media is shared between politician and their spindoctors on the one hand, and the “supplicant media, which conspires in the erosion of democracy” (Street, 2001, p. 185). Much of the literature reviewed in this section shares the same perspective of “communications” studies and reproduces in diﬀerent versions the liberal systemic conception of the relations between media and politics.
355). At the ﬁnal phase (habituation), “the population at large will become ﬁrmly ﬁtted into the new structure by the forging of eﬀective links of party organization that connect the politicians in the capital with the mass electorate throughout the country” (Rustow, 1970, p. 355). These ideas were later elaborated by Guillermo O’Donnell and his colleagues in their collective work Transitions from Authoritarian Rule, which has become a key reference for transition studies. Democratization, according to the editors of this path-breaking work, is a process of interaction between the democratic elites and authoritarian leaders.