68. Name: Rami Ammon Title: The Role and the Challenges of Satellite Television as a Space for Informal Education: A Case Study of Four Highly Regarded Channels in Cultural Education in Syria Institution: Université de Toulouse 2 Country: France Date: 2011 Language: French Abstract: This study investigates the role played by satellite television, as an informal space for education, in cultural education in Syria. The analysis focused on the cultural content broadcast during a week by four of the most watched channels by Syrian viewers: Al Jazeera, Al Manar, LBC, and the Syrian Arab Television. The methodology adopted is this research is content analysis, which allows taking into account, at the same time, the Syrian media along with its cultural and political contexts, in order to identify the orientation and editorial policy of each channel in providing cultural education in Syria. The analysis of a set of educational and cultural programs on the selected four channels falls into two categories, direct and semi-direct. This categorization enabled the researcher to distinguish and compare between four different cultures with mainly religious, political, social and patriotic dimensions. Focusing on the analysis of cultural contents conveyed by satellite television most watched in Syria, this study brings to light the main aspects of cultural education in a changing Arab media sphere, where many cultures co-exist and compete within the same societal setting.
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