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The YouTube Effect: How Anger and Agitprop Shape America’s Relationship with Islam

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U.S. relations with the Muslim world have long been shaped by a complex mix of policies, perceptions and historic mistrust. How has the accesibility and ubiquity of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter hindered or helped this fragile balance? Lawrence Pintak, one of our foremost chroniclers of the interaction between the Arab and Western media, discusses how the explosion of satellite television and social media has created an environment in which the synergistic goals of extremists on both sides align to produce a digital one-two punch that sparks the kind of violence now playing out across the Muslim world.

Lawrence Pintak appears as part of the Understanding Muslim Societies series, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America with support provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York

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