Short trailer of a work in progress documentary.
Thanks to Kate Seelye (The Middle East Institute), Darakshan Raja (Amnesty International) and Reese Neader (The Roosevelt Institute)
Song Credit: The XX - Intro
The works of theorists, such as Eric Hobsbawm, suggest that the integration of media within civil society evokes civil mobilization. The recent events in Egypt commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring” point to a new role for the media as a tool to express dissent and fight authoritarianism in the region. Throughout contemporary Egyptian history, the media has been used as an instrument by both the government and its dissenters to try to influence political opinion inside Egypt. For many decades, the government has had the ability to censor the role of media in Egypt. However, the events of the 2011 uprising have ushered in a new era. Using social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and various news outlets, the demonstrators were able to move around traditional censorship and instigate and organize collective action against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. As dictated through the works of media theorists, the ongoing revolution provides a framework to discuss how media has encouraged stimulation within protests. With the incorporation of film excerpts and interviews that highlight changes in the role of the media from the Mubarak to post-Mubarak period, this research examines these changes and how they have impacted collective action against the government in Egypt.
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