Voices of the New Arab Public

Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today
by Marc Lynch [Columbia]

How are electronic communications and populist satellite networks like Al-Jazeera changing political participation in the Arab World? Lynch examines in critical detail the various factors contributing to the contemporary Arab public sphere, including pro-democracy elements, pan-Arab nationalism, and the enduring power of Saudi elites. Lynch's central focus on Jazeera and the Iraq war provides the best-yet of the channel's significance. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey