Social media recap: September 30 – October 6

Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is September 30 – October 6.

Bahrain is currently hosting a pan-Gulf media forum that, among others, brings together six information ministers from the Gulf to discuss the changing role of media.

Bahrain’s top information officer Sameera Rajab says: “We need greater awareness about the new changes in the media and the new tools used by the media within strategic objectives… that serve political interests that are not even remotely associated with the traditional role of promoting social or intellectual values”, and continues: “This chaotic and controversial situation raises… the possibility that the flow of information can be transformed, in an amoral way, into new weapons and tools that may be used to undermine the concept of statehood.”

Read the full article here.

“The job opened my eyes to how stories are done and the quality of journalists who do stories from this part of the world,” Mohammed Ali Nayel, a freelance journalist from Beirut, says.

“A fixer is an invisible character in the story between the reader and the journalist. Normally, a fixer is the one who ends up doing most of the work – he or she is the person who speaks the language, and the person whose ethics are very important to the story.”

Read the full story on fixers in Beirut here.

Looking for detailed Middle East & North Africa country profiles? Ever wondered what a chronological overview of civilizations in the Middle East or Jewish settlements in the West Bank look like on an interactive map?

Fanack aims to present information on the MENA region from a local, regional and international perspective, looking beyond conventional topics such as security threats. The website can be viewed in both Arabic and English.

Take a look at Fanack here.

British Journal of Photography
“In a globalised world, it has become `much easier than before to consume Western products, therefore an increasing number of Arab parents worry that their children are getting too Westernised. This creates a demand for businesses that adapt Westernised products to their values, and it has been taking place across the Middle East – in television programmes, hip-hop music, comic books and ‘Arabised’ Barbie dolls called Fulla dolls´”, photographer Natalie Naccache says in this piece by the British Journal of Photography about her project on pop culture and the Middle East.

Read more on why she focused on this particular topic here.

Journalist’s Resource
The Journalist´s Resource project published a research roundup on the Arab Spring and the internet.

“Claims about the Internet’s impact on the political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa abound in popular discourse and news reports. Yet there is a fierce and still unresolved debate about what role social and digital media played in catalyzing and sustaining the `Arab Spring.´”

Take a look at an overview of the current scientific status here.


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