Articles and Opinion Pieces

By Robert Hooper

“Rebuilding Iraqi Media: Lessons From the Muslim World,”
Journal of Media Education, Vol. 2 – Number 2, April 2011

This paper examines the challenge of building capacity in domestic media and media education in Iraq, with contrasting perspectives drawn from my work in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.  While these Muslim majority nations reflect diverse histories, cultures, values, systems of governance and national identities, all share lengthy and at times violent histories of ethnic, sectarian and/or religious conflict within their borders. The challenge posed to media organizations is to serve more diverse audiences with new programming models viewed as credible and relevant across multiple ethnic and religious divisions.  In their absence, the profound economic, political and technological forces wrought by globalization threaten to revive unresolved quarrels from earlier eras to challenge national identity, unity and, at the extreme, national sovereignty in new and unexpected ways.

Consequences of a Corporatized Diplomacy
Op-ed, June 11, 2000
A Dress Turns Into a Mattress: Malaysia’s own Monicagate
Op-ed, February 14, 1999
An Internet-Driven National Transition
Op-ed,  November, 23, 1998
America’s Retreat From the New Pacific
Op-ed, December, 26, 1996


The San Diego Union-Tribune

America’s Soap Opera is Re-enacted in Asia
Op-ed, February 5, 1999


Challenges of Sustainable Broadcasting in Contemporary Pacific

Issue No.5, July – December 1998
Journal of Film and Video
Teaching Film and Television in Developing Nations: A Malaysian Case Study.
 volume 48 number 4 p20-31
Winter 1996-97