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Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC)
223 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • Forum Responsible Freedom: The Arab States’ Charter for Satellite Broadcasting

    Earlier this year, Arab ministers of information, with the exception of Qatar, adopted a charter calling for regulation of satellite television broadcasting after an extensive public debate. Qatar, the home of Al Jazeera, did not reject the charter but has requested additional time to review the document. One of the articles in the charter generated a great deal of debate and controversy from a number of international media watchdog organizations, which expressed concern that the charter’s pe...

    The Return of the Popular

    What is the appropriate research agenda for media studies after the financial ­crisis of 2008 and how might it be located in the ‘Popular’? This contribution emphasises the extent to which the present is an exceptional historical phase and represents a seismic shift in terms of paradigm. Major economic consequences have led to improvrishment of large sections of populations and a sense of insecurity that has fostered resentment against political elites. The popular movements of 2011 Occupy Wa...

    Exploring the role of the internet in the ‘movement for alternative globalization’: The case of the Paris 2003 European Social Forum

    This paper attempts to explore the role of the internet in the processes of organization and mobilization of the ‘movement for alternative globalization’, which is often characterized as an ‘internet-based movement’. It reports the findings of a survey undertaken in the Paris 2003 European Social Forum (ESF), which asked 257 respondents about the contexts that mobilized them to participate in the ESF (political/voluntary organizations, friends/relatives, workplace/university, news media), as ...

    Book Review: Hafez, Kai (editor) Arab Media – Power and Weakness, 2008, New York: Continuum International, ISBN 978-0826428363

    Arab Media – Power and Weakness provides an assessment of the emergent field of Arab media studies. The 13 articles of the volume, most written by veterans in the field, discuss issues related to the effects, audiences, contexts, ethics, economy, law and culture of Arab media. The book’s introduction by editor Kai Hafez ties this plethora of material together in an ambitious attempt to outline current research on the links between Arab politics, society and media, and to point to some of the ...

    Experiencing Television Fandom: Notes on the Tension Between Singularization and Massification in Brazil1

    This paper examines the way fandom is experienced in Brazil. The analysis is based on fan discourse as it appears in letters sent to actors and actresses who work at Rede Globo de Televisão, the major Brazilian TV network, situated at Rio de Janeiro. The analysis proceeds along two axes: the attempts made by fans to distinguish themselves among the crowd and the frequent use of romantic discourse to express their feelings for their idols. Both issues are understood as ‘singularization strateg...
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