SOAS University of London

Aly Belail

I consider myself fortunate for the knowledge I gained at SOAS; more importantly, for the unique perspective this institution provides which can be unnerving, but is essential for anyone, especially from Global South who seeks to understand the social and political impact of this new media age

MA Global Postnational Communication

As a 52-year-old experienced media professional, I came to this degree seeking to place an order (in my head) to media in the Middle East. What SOAS offered was its unique window facing the world, and an intense gaze into the seemingly ordered and “free” global media. From the genesis of the internet during the Cold War, and how digital media as we know it was later defined by a curious merging of San Francisco counter-culture with Silicon Valley industries, to the theoretical journey and the debates on globalization, commodification of culture and cultural imperialism, I acquired, not the order I sought, but rather, a foundation and skills to analyze what may very well be the most profound transformation in media and society since television. I consider myself fortunate for the knowledge I gained at SOAS; more importantly, for the unique perspective this institution provides which can be unnerving, but is essential for anyone, especially from Global South who seeks to understand the social and political impact of this new media age