Youth to youth: changing Palestinian-American images and stereotypes through online social networks

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Youth to youth: changing Palestinian-American images and stereotypes through online social networks

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dc.contributor.advisor Cropp, Fritz en_US
dc.contributor.author Alhabash, Saleem en_US
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.coverage.spatial Palestine
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-23T17:15:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-23T17:15:18Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008 Fall en
dc.identifier.other AlhabashS-111908-T11366 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/5742
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 16, 2009). en_US
dc.description Thesis advisor: Dr. Fritz Cropp. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description M.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism. en_US
dc.description.abstract Throughout the past few years, the perceived images and stereotypes of Palestinians and Americans have worsened as a result of a variety of political dynamics and policies related to both the United States and the Middle East. Mass media, corresponding to these changes, adopted certain frames, which has contributed to the cultivation of these images and stereotypes. As the world is witnessing a technological revolution in the field of communication, that is reshaping our communities, sociopolitical and economic process, this study aimed at investigating the influence of online social networking on the way American and Palestinian youth perceived each other. Furthermore, the study also investigated the influence of online social networking on young people's level of interaction, psychosocial well-being and social capital, within the framework of controlled online social networking among youth from two different national groups. The study utilized an online field experiment design to examine how online social networking can influence images, stereotypes, level of interaction, psychosocial wellbeing and social capital of Palestinian and American youth. The results indicated that as a result of the online interaction, participants' perceived images and stereotypes were positively influenced, as well as positive relationships were developed amongst them. In addition, online social networking also positively influenced the participants' psychosocial well-being and social capital. The results were discussed within the framework of the role online social networking and the Internet can play in bridging the gap between cultures and mobilizing grassroots efforts in people-to-people public diplomacy. Future research is highly needed in this area, through which slightly altered methodologies can be used to further the knowledge about online social networking in an international perspective. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2008 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Online social networks en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Youth en_US
dc.title Youth to youth: changing Palestinian-American images and stereotypes through online social networks en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Journalism en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b70800352 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 436870678 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theses


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