Abstract - The Information Society 28(5)

Social media new and old in the Al ‘Arakeeb conflict: A case study

Amit M Schejter and Noam Tirosh

This paper on the civic struggles of residents of the demolished Bedouin village of Al ‘Arakeeb in Israel demonstrates how social media have helped marginalized communities acquire a voice. It is based on site visits to the village over the course of a year beginning in July 2010, and on interviews with residents, Bedouin and Jewish activists, and journalists covering the conflict. Media strategies of villagers and activists are described and analyzed, and use of new and old media by people with limited access to telecommunications infrastructure is explored. Subsequent news accounts of the struggle and the journalist interviews point to a multifaceted role social media play in progressive social change for the Bedouin.

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