By Ala’ Alrababa’h (Twitter: @a_alrababah)
In June 2012, the Project On Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) released a briefing titled: Arab Uprisings: New Opportunities for Political Science. While the report included questions on the role of new media in the Arab Uprisings, I was disappointed to see that it hardly mentioned the role of blogs in shaping the transitions in Arab countries. Nevertheless, the absence of this topic prompted me to write my own article on it.
Blogs are not the most important medium shaping current events in Jordan. However, their role has not been trivial. You know that online media, including blogs, are influential when the government tries to censor them. In fact, King Abdullah II himself commented on Black Iris, a prominent Jordanian blog, back in 2008. Further, even though King Abdullah II has a website that publishes his speeches and visions, he decided to also publish some of the content of the website on a distinct blog. This suggests that the king sees a special value in blogs as a medium to share his thoughts.