Since 2006, I have spent time in a number of Arab cities examining youth-generated media – that which were made famous in connection with protests in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world. Youth-generated media refer to the communicative ways in which young people actively challenge the social, political and cultural spheres of power with the intense excitement of a social movement. From vibrant graffiti, protest songs and placard writings to tweets and Facebook campaigns, youth are exercising their communication rights across the Middle East and North Africa.
Joe F. Khalil is an associate professor of communication in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar and a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics. An expert on Arab television production and programming, Khalil has more than fifteen years of professional television experience as director, executive producer and consultant with major Arab satellite channels, and has conducted workshops on behalf of USAID, USIP, IREX and the University of Pennsylvania. Khalil’s scholarly interests revolve specifically around Arab youth, alternative media and global media industries. Khalil has authored a policy monograph on Arab satellite entertainment television and public diplomacy, and is also co-author of Arab Television Industries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, with Marwan Kraidy). He is currently working on a book project based on his dissertation, “Youth-Generated Media in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia,” which examines alternative media cases in both countries. He received his PhD from Southern Illinois University.