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Muslim Voices in the Blogosphere: Mosaics of Local-Global Discourses

Global networks can potentially become vehicles that transform local concerns into global causes and vice versa. The recent development of Internet applications, such as blogs and other social exchange and networking software, has enabled more people to engage in global conversations. Blogs, in particular, can potentially be a venue for global dialogue and the formation of a global community.Through a comparative study of the Indonesian and Iranian blogospheres, this chapter shows that these platforms and the messages they promote do not, however, result in a single global metanarrative or the advocacy for a single course of action. The local contextualization of globally circulating discourses results in a diverse mosaic of interpretations, positions, and identifications of sources of discontent.

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