Wearing shades in the bright future of digital media: Limitations of narratives of media power in Egyptian resistance

  • Karin Gwinn Wilkins University of Texas at Austin
Keywords: Political Communication, Media, Egypt

Abstract

Political engagement means more than reliance on a single medium, but requires collective human action. In making this argument, I consider how the media landscape, along with social and political contexts, have contributed to this process of shifting political power in Egypt. This background contextualizes the limitations of a dominant Hollywood narrative in U.S. media, not only telling a reductive tale of hero, victim and villain, but also privileging the role of social media as an anthropomorphic heroic sidekick. Mediated communication can be valuable as a vehicle for mobilization and as a site for political contestation, but it is the access to the production and reception of knowledge that matters. In essence, the critical issue in political resistance is power, not technology.

Published
2012-03-30
How to Cite
Wilkins, K. (2012). Wearing shades in the bright future of digital media: Limitations of narratives of media power in Egyptian resistance. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 28(52), 13 p. https://doi.org/10.7146/mediekultur.v28i52.5491