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[Book Review]: “Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age"
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CitationDoğan, T. (2019). [Book review]: "Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age". Global Media and Communication, 15(2), 267–269.
Digital Middle East’ addresses information and communication technologies (ICT) that play a key role in transforming the Middle East. The publication of this book is certainly timely as the impact of technological changes are significant and play an important role in turning Middle Eastern societies into ‘information-intensive societies’ or ‘network societies’, as Manuel Castells (1996) characterizes. In the era of ‘post-truth’ or ‘Fake news’ in other words, Mohamed Zayani’s edited book emphasizes how social, cultural and economic dynamics define the digital Middle East. Twelve experts engage with ICT and explain how state–society relations are shaped through digital technologies.