Date of Award
Master of Arts
This research presents a content analysis of news photography produced during the Arab Spring, a tumultuous series of revolutions and protest action that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in early 2011. To establish a framework for this research, a review of relevant literature focused on framing and second-level agenda setting and the application of these theories to form 15 coding categories. This study analyzed 430 photos that ran from December 18, 2010, to May 24, 2012, in the pages of Time and Newsweek. Results showed that the events of the Arab Spring were visually depicted by Western newsmagazines as a movement of peaceful protest with strong elements of nationalism. While some degree of interaction between a given country’s rate of Internet access and violent escalation was shown, further study in this area is recommended.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hilder, Casey Kendall, "Visualizing the Arab Spring: A Photographic Analysis of the 2011 Protests in the Middle East" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 718.