In this collection, scholars from various backgrounds discuss how emerging changes in media content and delivery influence culture, education, international relations, and human expectations in the Arab world. It traces global media trends of convergence and competition for a fragmented and diverse audience. Communication around the globe is easier now than any other time in history. Technology has expanded to the extent that it is affordable to large populations and consequently there are ramifications for the way people are interacting. The proliferation of social media such as Twitter and FaceBook has caused traditional media to alter the way business has been conducted. Educators, politicians, and merchants have all had to change as well. Convergence has meant a paradigm shift in the media landscape. In this book these emerging global media trends are examined from various perspectives. Certain regions of the world are viewed from sociopolitical and cultural perspectives. Citizen journalism is now a vital part of the media mix as decisions are made at the polls. Technologies of the 21st century provide options that previous generations did not enjoy.Media organizations have to be managed differently, educators have to prepare students in a different way, and governments have to work in the midst of a glass house created by the openness of such an age.
Regulators are behind in adapting to the new realities. The emerging global media culture continues to expand and alter the way people live. This book considers those changes in these various arenas in the United States and other countries.