Media

The Death of The Individual

Network (1976) is a film about the corporatization of the media. The story follows the members of a major network as it is bought out by a large conglomerate and is forced to sensationalize its news department in order to draw ratings. The movie itself is prophetic because it very nearly predicts the rise of reality television and a state of things where former notions of "authenticity" or "objectivity" in news reporting are irrelevant, taken over by editorialization.

Talfigh: Finding Blues in Traditional Persian Music

Talfigh is a Persian word used for the attempt to globalize but maintain one’s original essence as well. Not to imitate, but to mix two “cultures,” ideals, etc., in a way that the result resembles neither and both at the same time. The following film captures Mohsen Namjoo’s attempt to find Blues in Iranian traditional music. This is called Talfigh. The movie is in Persian

Graffiti in Europe

Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions, to others it is merely vandalism. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly evolving artform whose value is highly contested, being reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

Iran: Rap Against the West

IRAN'S OWN EMINEM RAPS FOR ISLAM

With his desire to purge Iranian culture of the un-Islamic influence of 'decadent western music', President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs all the allies he can get.

But now he has support in the unlikely form of Kiarash Alimi, a teenage Iranian musician who has taken up rap to persuade fellow youth their tastes are misguided.

Social Networking in Latin America

Social networking is an Internet phenomenon that allows users to connect and interact with friends, colleagues, or anyone with a shared interest. These sites can simplify communication over vast geographical boundaries, or as is the case on college campuses, very small ones. Another feature of the social networking sites is that they allow users to craft their own profiles, or public persona, for anonymous browsers to view. Formerly, one would need knowledge of web design to create a personal information page, but social networking makes the process easy. Users can make their own profiles private, but usually at least a picture is available to strangers.

The Radio Kaduna 'tafsir' (1978-1992)

The Radio Kaduna 'tafsir' (1978-1992) and the construction of public images of Muslim scholars in the Nigerian media / Andrea Brigaglia

Journal for Islamic Studies, 2007, vol. 27, p. 173-210

The Print Media in South Africa: Paving the Way for 'Privatisation'

The print media in South Africa : paving the way for 'privatisation' / Anne Mayher & David A. Mcdonald

Review of African Political Economy, 2007, vol. 34, no. 113, p. 443-460