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This is particularly significant for Arab-Americans who found themselves—their culture and religion—thrust into the spotlight following the attacks of September 11, 2001.  As media images show incessant images of violence and destruction in the Middle East, Arab-American bloggers find themselves in a sensitive—but vital—position to challenge stereotypes of Arabs living in the Diaspora while equally strengthening solidarity among them.  “The words we use can be powerful tools,” notes Kist.  “They can build, or they can destroy—I try to remind myself of this, so I can keep contributing back, and hopefully affect someone in a positive way.”

Vivian Salama is a contributing editor for Arab Media & Society. She spent nearly three years as a journalist and commentator in the Middle East, recently returning to New York to pursue a Master's degree in Middle East Studies at Columbia University. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for Newsweek, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, The Daily Star and the Jerusalem Post. Prior to working in the Middle East, Salama was a producer for NBC News in New York.

 



 

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[1] Salam Cinema, http://salamcinema.blogspot.com/2006/08/day-26.html

[2] The term “Arab-American” is used loosely throughout this study as the analysis focuses on those people of both Arab and Iranian descent as well as expatriates from the Middle East. The bloggers interviewed for this piece all live in either the United States or Canada; some of them are immigrants; others are first generation.  Both Muslim and Christian bloggers were interviewed for this study.   

[3] Perseus: The Blogging Geyser, http://www.perseus.com/blogsurvey/geyser.html