4 May 2013 by ryandalton2013
A few short weeks after taking fire for writing a shameless self-plug in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House, Justin Bieber–pop star and, apparently, public diplomat–is making waves in international broadcasting and social media.
Alright, so public diplomat might be a step too far. But international media and the global social media community have certainly been issuing a great deal of attention to his recent concert in Turkey, during which he took two intermissions for Muslim call to prayer. Whether or not Bieber planned on it is open to interpretation, but it is clear that people around the world are paying heed to the gesture.
Whatever the circumstances may have been, Justin Bieber’s attractiveness (and thus soft power some like–oh, I don’t know–Joseph Nye might say) clearly reaches beyond his pop appeal.