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Global Television Formats by Sharon Shahaf, Tasha Oren

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THE SOCIAL AND POLITICALDIMENSIONS OF GLOBALTELEVISION FORMATS

Reality Television in Lebanon andSaudi Arabia

Marwan M. Kraidy

When scholars and policy makers contemplate the Arab “media revolution,” they mostly think of Al-Jazeera and its news competitors. They are guided by the assumption that all-news satellite television networks are the predominant, even the single, shaper of the Arab public sphere, a perspective exacerbated by the September 11, 2001 attacks. Drawing on a larger work (Kraidy, 2009, forthcoming), this chapter presents an alternative view, emphasizing instead the combined impact of Arab entertainment television and small media such as mobile phones on Arab governance. It explores how entertainment television is an active ...

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