A new issue of the always-essential journal Arab Media and Society has just been posted online(full disclosure: I'm on the editorial board, but had no role in producing this issue). Along with the usual selection of interesting articles (including one by Mark Harmon trying to determine via survey research whether the spread of satellite TV has increased materialism and "affluenza" among Arab youth), it has a package of pieces focusing on changes in the Egyptian blogosphere:
A vanguard of techies and activists used blogs to change the face of politics and journalism in Egypt. But once a small town, Egypt's blogosphere now resembles a sprawling metropolis with no clearly defined center, argues Courtney C. Radsch.
Blogging has intensified political trends first triggered by the birth of satellite television and an independent print press but does not mark a new departure for Egyptian politics, argues Tom Isherwood.
Facebook made a splash when it attracted 70,000 members to a group supporting an Egyptian general strike. But were these committed activists or fly by night fans? David Faris on the politics of social networking sites.
All highly recommended!