American University of Beirut

Disoriented Media in a Fragmented Society: The Lebanese Experience

Author: Nabil H. Dajani

 Language: English
 Subject: Lebanon & AUB
 Publication Date: 1992
 Number of Pages: 191
 Book Dimensions: 15.1*23 cm
 Cover Type: Paperback

 Includes: Tables

 Price: $6

According to the author, an evaluation of mass media in Lebanon on the basis of their contributions to socie­tal development reveals a triple failure as evident in the cases of the print media, radio, and television. The issue facing Lebanese mass media is the need to establish a balance between the three major forces operating on and interacting with these media – the public interest, the government, and the business sector. While recognizing the positive contributions of Lebanese mass media, the book contends that they have contributed to the alienation of the citizenry by making them feel that they are distant and separate from the political process. He contends that the “Lebanese media . . . fail to defend the public against power abuses in their society" and divert the attention of the common man from real social and political problems to marginal ones, revealing a need for planning and the establishment of regulatory policies.​

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