From the Editors
Donatella Della Ratta
As much as images of violence, civil war, and sectarian strife become prominent in the media narrative of the Syrian uprising, little gems of innovative cultural production, artistic resistance, and creative disobedience continue to sprout across the virtual alleys of the Internet. These creative gems are also the germs of a viral peer-production process at work at a grassroots level in the new Syrian public sphere. Such acts of creativity—mash-ups, cartoons, slogans, jokes, ...Keep Reading »
“The American psyche can be easily manipulated,” writes Sheherazad Jaafari, press attaché of Syria’s mission to the United Nations (UN), in a brief sent to Syrian presidential media aide and former Al Jazeera employee Luna Chebel. The brief suggested how to handle Barbara Walters’ interview of Bashar al-Assad, which was later aired on 7 December 2011. The brief comes from email correspondence hacked by the online activist movement known as Anonymous, who on 7 February ...Keep Reading »
Donatella Della Ratta is a PhD fellow at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, New Islamic Public Sphere Program, Copenhagen University and at the Danish Institute in Damascus. She published her first book on Arab media in 2000 and since then has never left the region. Her work revolved around the politics of Syrian media industry, particularly TV drama. Before getting into Arabic soap-operas, Donatella looked at the political economy of the Arab media with a special focus on pan-Arab news channels. She is now shifting her research focus on remix practices, active citizenship and creative resistance in the Arab uprisings. Donatella has been managing the Creative Commons Arab world community for four years. She maintains a blog on Arab media at http://mediaoriente.com and tweets avidly @donatelladr. Donatella is an Affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.