Social revolutions begin with an idea, the realization of which demands change. In the contemporary Middle East, the upheavals driven by revolutionary movements aiming to seize power and upend unpopular regimes have made media their accomplice. This publication depicts the multiple forms and expressions of the creative culture of dissent that are deeply embedded in Arab culture and daily life as an articulation of independence, dignity and respect, in spite of the restrictions of deep-rooted autocratic structures, before and after the 2011 uprisings.
This is the second publication in the Voices and Conversations series of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar. With contributions from leading analysts and academics, this series explores and cross-examines the effects, opportunities and threats in a diverse number of areas.