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From Peers to Professionals: Regulating Influencer Marketing in the United Arab Emirates

Introduction In their work on the regulation of social media influencers, Catalina Goanta and Sofia Ranchordás noted that the topic’s complexities involve, among other things, rethinking “the distinction between peers and professionals” (2019, 14). The United Arab Emirates in 2018 addressed this issue by essentially professionalizing what had previously often …

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90 Day Orientalism: The “Other” Way

The American network TLCs’ 90 Day Fiancé’s casting and storylines have provided its audience with years of entertainment, mostly at the foreign partner’s expense. The reality television industry has grown exponentially throughout the years, thriving on the drama between characters to gain viewership. However, reality television channels, such as Bravo …

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Trump, Twitter, and Regulation of Big Tech: Perspectives from the Arab World

The suspension of the Twitter account of former U.S. president Donald Trump after violating the platform’s publishing policies brought forth significant controversy and aroused many questions about the right to freedom of expression and its boundaries, not only in the United States, but across the globe. In the Arab region, …

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Rami Khouri on Lebanon’s Outlook and What Has Happened to the Country’s Media

On October 17, 2019, protests began in Lebanon with angry and largely disenfranchised citizens calling for a complete overhaul of the country’s unique political system. In the year that has followed, Lebanon has suffered through one disaster after another, with seemingly unending political shifting. On October 22, 2020, former Prime …

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Digitalism, Capitalism, and Contemporary Transformations in Academic Work: An Evaluative Study of Risks and Opportunities (Arabic)

Scroll down for the Arabic abstract. Modern universities have always been an embedded part of capitalism in political, economic, and cultural terms. Situated in this economic and political context, this study's overall task was to analyze and evaluate the critical literature reviews that have examined the complicated relationship among higher …

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The Impact of Social Networking Site Use on Social Capital and Happiness: A Field Study of Arab and Non-Arab Residents in the UAE (Arabic)

Scroll down for the Arabic abstract. As social networking sites (SNSs) grow in size across the United Arab Emirates, they are increasingly utilized as avenues for social partnership and sustainable development. These networks are also used as a means of creating social cohesion among the country’s residents. This is achieved …

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