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Mediated Communities

Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era

Edited By Moses Shumow

Mediated Communities brings together a diverse, global cohort of academics and professional communicators to assess the current state of democratic mobilizing around the world and the ways in which protest movements are being transformed in the midst of a communication revolution. Contributors draw on a variety of international settings – from Greece to Lebanon, China to Argentina – to demonstrate the ways in which community organizing in the digital age relies increasingly on digital media to communicate, help participants find common ground, and fight for change. Contributors acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for creating real and lasting democratic change, but at the same time are able to draw attention to the potential that digital media hold for strengthening citizen voices around the globe.
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Chapter 5 – Mediating Palestine

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~ Chapter 5 ~

MEDIATING PALESTINE

May Farah

INTRODUCTION

YOUNG ADULT Palestinian refugees, born and raised in Lebanon, are too young to have experienced Palestine firsthand; thus, their understanding and knowledge of their homeland has been available only through second-hand accounts, whether through stories or mediated constructions and representations. These young adults—between the ages of 18 and 25—are the first generation to have come of age in a time of a transnational media that permeates virtually every corner of the globe, and brings images and sounds of faraway places and peoples to equally faraway places and peoples.

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