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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Arab World: Most Powerful, Influential News Media

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In these times of troubled relationships between the entire Arab World and the industrialized west, the escalating violence between Shiite (Shia) and Sunni Arabs, and political divisions between the Arab world with respect to Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and various smaller but rapidly growing groups eager to fill a growing sense of a power and leadership vacuum, it is critical for any news analyst and any citizen diplomat or Internationalist to understand where the news and influence comes from to the peoples of this vast and strategically important region. An interesting article follows from the American Press Institute (API) which should certainly give us all pause for thought:
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Facebook is the third-biggest news source inArab world (journalism.co.uk)
A survey by Northwestern University in Qatar finds Facebook is the third-most used news source after Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya. Two factors that may have affected those results are: (1) the importance of interpersonal sources of news and information in the 10 countries surveyed and (2) the mix of internet penetration, income and literacy rates.
+ Interactive site of the survey’sfindings and slides of the keyfindings (Northwestern)

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 I personally do not care for Facebook (or for Mr. Zuckerberg for that matter), and I use it far less than such social media platforms as LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest. But there can be no disputing the fact that Facebook has the greatest general following amongst non-business users throughout the world. For its mix of features, I believe it is probably the "friendliest" source of comprehensive pedestrian internet communication in the world-at-large.

Douglas E. Castle for The Internationalist Page Blog, The Global Futurist Blog and for Global Edge Technologies Group LLC [a member of The CFI Group Of Companies].

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