Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad (AI & BH): The idea for this book grew out of the splendid contributions to Jadaliyya
from a number of authors who offered interventions on the role of media
in the uprisings. With a dearth of critical examinations about the
media and the representation of these movements, it became increasingly
urgent to challenge some of the prevalent assertions circulating
Unlike our authors, our work as editors was considerably
straightforward. We identified essays that demystified the media and
raised more questions than they answered. In the end, the impetus was
the hope of introducing nuance into an often oversimplified discussion
of a cataclysmic period in regional history.
With the media being a central component into the way in which the
uprisings are conceptualized, represented, and historicized, it is vital
that journalistic standards and free media principles are problematized
to evaluate the performance of the press. Additionally, our intention
was to challenge the narrow definitions of uprising and media by
exploring the fault-lines.