Turkey: The Brilliant Societal Values in Our Genetics

In this article, I will be trying to show the reader the truth about the claims of “good Turkish values” in the light of a study by Prof. Yılmaz Esmer, Turkey Values Atlas, 2012. I will also partly include some other research and make some comments at the end. I actually wrote the Turkish version of this article last year, as a response for some politicians’ claims that some ugly things like racism, discrimination, etc. do not have a place in the genetics of this “beautiful” society. However, this is not a direct translation, but it is close enough. Continue reading “Turkey: The Brilliant Societal Values in Our Genetics”

Can the Internet Restrictions in Turkey Get More Stringent? Maybe They Will | CGCS

My post for Center for Global Communication Studies blog – Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Can the Internet Restrictions in Turkey Get More Stringent? Maybe They Will | CGCS.

Current Patriarchal Values Associated with neo-Ottomanism in Turkey

I have been following up on the comments of European and American columnists on many events happening in Turkey for the last few years. As far as I understand, everyone in the “west” is insistent on making the same mistake over and over again. In principle, I do not hold anything against orientalism; however, like everything else, “too much” of it harms the depth of the perception. The mistake I am writing about now is that every non-Turkish, typically western opinion on Turkey revolves around religion vs. democracy. They are right in some aspects, but most of the comments lack depth in knowledge and interpretation. I will take the liberty of differentiating between an Islamic state and a Muslim state for now. As much as I do not like the expression “Muslim state” either, this will help me explain some of the misunderstood issues. Continue reading “Current Patriarchal Values Associated with neo-Ottomanism in Turkey”

COSMIC Report on Citizens’ Involvement in Crises

“COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management) project partners MixLab at Koç University and Hellenic Rescue Team has drafted a report on Citizens’ Involvement in Emergency Communications. The report seeks to examine the various roles that citizens may have in communications during emergencies. Also, the report maps the relationship between the use of different types of media and communication technologies—including mass media, as well as new media technologies—and citizens’ involvement in emergency communications as,

  1. potential or actual volunteers (first responders) who may aid emergency response and rescue;
  2. as social activists who may utilise online networks to organise, coordinate, collaborate or mobilise during political crises; and
  3. as citizens who report on emergencies and political crises.

With respect to the role that citizens may play as first responders, the report focuses on how various communication media are utilised by response organisations and government agencies to identify, recruit, network with and train citizens.  In order to accomplish this goal, the partners engaged in an in-depth analysis of citizen awareness programs and volunteer recruitment and training processes in four different countries:  Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom, and Greece.

The report also discusses social activism as a form of citizen involvement in crises (predominantly political crises). Particularly, the section on social activism discusses  how social activist formations use media to recruit members and/or form networks, communicate ideas, and coordinate action.

Finally, regarding the role that citizens can play as reporters/journalists during emergencies and crises, discuss  issues related to news selection processes, types of coverage (commentary vs. news), types of sources used by citizen journalists and citizen journalists’ perceptions regarding issues like reliability of information. In order to do so, the report summarises findings from  a content analysis of the articles published by citizens who reported about four emergencies/crises and online interviews conducted with a sample of citizens whose reports were content analysed.

Click here for a copy of the report.”

Link to the original update by MixLab

My personal comments and acknowledgements

I believe we have done a good job here. Having been involved in this project for about five months has surely contributed to my understanding of the field. I would like to thank my supervisor and colleagues for their work on the immense quality and outstanding content in this draft. I am truly happy that I am taking part in this project, and looking forward to the work that will follow.

Turkey’s Latest Struggle with the International Community: the 2020 Olympics

There has been much controversy about the possibility of the 2020 Olympic Games happening in İstanbul. However, I would not like to attribute the negative result in the final selection to certain events people like to talk about. I would rather talk about why “actually” the Olympic Committee did not think İstanbul was a suitable place for Olympics. Continue reading “Turkey’s Latest Struggle with the International Community: the 2020 Olympics”

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