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Social Media Archaeology in Bangladesh

DOI: 10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_18

Published: 2021 | Pages: 365 - 391

Shafiqur Rahman
Department of English and Communications, South Carolina State University, 202 Crawford Engineering/Communications Building, Orangeburg, SC 2911, USA

srahman@scsu.edu

Zainul Abedin
Department of Mass Communication, Mississippi Valley State University, 14000 Highway 82 W., Itta Bena, MS 38941, USA

Zainul.abedin@mvsu.edu

Bangladesh’s media landscape from print and broadcast to today’s digital media has evolved from its 19th century’s strolling colonial-time. The journey of Bangladesh’s media is instilled in a legacy to fight the British colonial rule for 200 years that ended in 1947, then again against the west wing of Pakistan ending in 1971. Although, Bangladesh’s both traditional and digital social media are trying their best to come out of its socio-economic and political colonial dependent legacy, it is still facing tremendous challenges both within and out, and struggling to perform its public service mission and to maintain its independence, neutrality, accountability. Since the essence of social media enhances average peoples’ accessibility to facts, analyses and opinions, and the capacity to share them with others to influence public opinions, thus gaining some social power in society, it would be interesting to analyze and report the fast developing social media scenario in Bangladesh as a book chapter in The Archeology of Social Media. We may name the chapter as the Archeology of Social Media in Bangladesh. This chapter will cover many relevant topics and areas such as the origins and uses of social media in different demographics in Bangladesh. The new social media and technology ownerships and adoption, choice and use of Networks, use of social media in business, banking, finance, marketing, government and non-government organizations, politics and public service, agriculture, education, health and human services. The newly developed laws, regulations, and nature of governmental control, and the latest implementation of the Digital Security Act by the government, and other related topics will be the part of this chapter. If possible, we will also include some relevant case studies that will analyze reasons for tremendous growth of social media (from 5% in 2011 to 41% in 2020), through initiatives such as the Grameenbank and Grameenphone, and the new challenges the social media profession, the professionals, civic and blogging fellows have been facing by restricting laws that are limiting their freedom of expressions as reported by the human rights organizations, such as Reporters sans frontiers (RSF, 2020).

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Shafiqur Rahman received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and two graduate degrees in sociology and mass communications respectively. He began his career as a television producer in Bangladesh TV. After six years, he joined the academia teaching communication in the sociology department at Chittagong University. He came to the United States in Honolulu, Hawaii’s East West Center Communications Institute to conduct research on Com Policy and Planning. He has taught at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, Alcorn State University, Mississippi, and South Carolina State University, Orangeburg for about 30 years. His teaching and research have concentrated on media policy, organizational development and management, public communication, communication in South-Asia, and international communication. As a Fulbright Specialist Fellow, Dr. Rahman advised and helped to establish the Radio-TV and Film Studies Department at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

 

Zainul Abedin is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Mississippi Valley State University. Dr. Abedin’s research focuses on social media, social justice, diversity and racial reconciliation, disparities among race, gender, class, and faith, globalization, media management, convergence, history, law, and ethics. He is particularly interested in the mediated discourses implicating sociopolitical and cultural perspectives in both historical and contemporary settings. He taught innovative journalism and media courses at the Press Institute of Bangladesh and worked with both print and broadcast media before and after moving to the U.S. Dr. Abedin teaches courses in news reporting and writing, multi-platform media, media ownership and management, and converging media and diversity. Abedin has published articles in refereed journals in the U.S. and Bangladesh. He was selected to the 2021 Solutions Journalism HBCU Educator Academy Cohort, professors from twelve Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the U.S.  

 

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Rahman, S., Abedin, Z. (2021). Social Media Archaeology in Bangladesh In: Bakan U. & Lengel M. L. (eds) Social Media Archaeology from Theory to Practice (pp. 365-391). MacroWorld Pub. https://doi.org/10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_18


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