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Easier access to media making tools has led to a rise in youth-generated media at a time of upheaval in the MENA region. Photo: Shutterstock Easier access to media making tools has led to a rise in youth-generated media at a time of upheaval in the MENA region. Photo: Shutterstock

Chapter 4 – Youth-generated media

A brief introduction

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.

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