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Interactivity in Egyptian newspapers
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (English)In: Social Semiotics, ISSN 1035-0330, E-ISSN 1470-1219, Vol. 25, no 1, 33-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The utilisation of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in Egypt has irrevocably changed the nature of the traditional Egyptian public sphere. One can see the Egyptian online society as a multiplicity of networks. These networks have developed, transformed and expanded over time, operating across all areas of life. Nonetheless, in essence they are sociopolitical and cultural in origin. This trend changed the way audiences consumed news, with traditional media - especially independent and opposition - started to utilise ICTs to access online information to develop their media content to escape government control. Several media organisations also started to expand their presence online so that, as well as providing news content, they also provided them with a "space" to interact amongst themselves and with media organisations. Audiences started to provide detailed descriptions of Egyptian street politics, posting multimedia material, generating public interest and reinforcing citizen power hence democratic capacity.

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2015. Vol. 25, no 1, 33-56 p.
Keyword [en]
network society, Egyptian revolution, newspaper practice, Arab Spring, interactivity, Egyptian media
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100972DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2014.991539ISI: 000349667000003OAI: diva2:795839
Available from: 2015-03-17 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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