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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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Cornelia Bogen studied British/American Studies, Media and Communication Studies and Political Science (M.A.) at Martin-Luther-University (MLU), Halle Wittenberg, Germany, and at the University of Sheffield, England. In 2006, she was a research assistant on the project “Senior Citizens in the civil media of Saxony-Anhalt,” and from 2006 to 2009, a PhD student in a doctorate program at the Network of Excellency “Enlightenment–Religion–Knowledge,” Saxony-Anhalt. She finished her doctoral thesis in 2010 in media and communication studies. Since October 2010, she has been working at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, as a post–doctoral researcher on contemporary transformation processes of Chinese health communication and intercultural aspects of health communication. Her present projects focus on the influence of new media technology on doctor-patient interaction and on current examples of promoting health literacy in China.


May Farah received her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and is currently an assistant professor of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, and co-chair of AUB’s Media and Digital Literacy Academy of Beirut. Her primary research has focused on the relationship between diasporic populations and national identity in a globalized media age. More broadly, she is also interested in media use among refugee populations, representations of gender and the “other,” and media literacy in the Arab World. Her work is situated at the intersections of Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies, with a particular...

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