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Robert Hassan

Robert Hassan is Associate Professor of Media and Communications and Head of the Media Program at the University of Melbourne. He writes extensively at the points of convergence between politics, media, time, and technology. His most recent book is Philosophy of Media (Routledge, 2017). He is currently writing Digitality, which will appear in 2019.


Tech, Time, and Jihad

On December 28th, 2015, when the Iraqi army felt confident enough of the military situation around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, it invited the world’s media to witness the raising of the national flag atop a central administration building. For the Iraqi government, the ejection of ISIS jihadists from …

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‘Not Ready for Democracy:’ Social Networking and the Power of the People–The Revolts of 2011 in a Temporalized Context

Robert Hassan argues that high-speed social networking technology disrupts the traditional rhythms of liberal democracy which, since the Enlightenment, have been based on the slower processes of print-based culture. Digital technology, he maintains, has propelled mass political action in the Arab world, but has left in its wake a political vacuum, with democratic processes struggling to catch up.

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