Monday, Jan 11, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Cynthia Schneider
TED (November 2009)

“Cynthia Schneider looks at two international “American Idol”-style shows—one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates—and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.”

Latest in Middle Eastern Studies

Found in Translation: The Contemporary Arabic Novel
— Claudia Roth Pierpont (The New Yorker, 18 January 2010)
The Surprising Spread of "Idol" TV
— Cynthia Schneider (TED, November 2009)
Pop Culture in the Arab World (video)
— Shereen El Feki (TED, December 2009)
How a Few New Yorkers Are Trying to Save the Hunted Gay Men of Iraq
— Matt McAllester (New York, 4 October 2009)
Can the Muppets Make Friends in Ramallah?
— Samantha M. Shapiro (The New York Times Magazine, 30 September 2009)

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The Monoculture Is a Myth
— Steve Hyden (Salon, 10 October 2011)
Filmmaker J. J. Abrams Is a Crowd Teaser
— Frank Bruni (The New York Times Magazine, 26 May 2011)
How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory
— Tom Dickinson (Rolling Stone, 25 May 2011)
Sing for Your Life
— Daniel Bergner (The New York Times Magazine, 19 May 2011)
We Are All Teenage Werewolves
— Alex Pappademas (The New York Times Magazine, 22 May 2011)
Why Women Love Fantasy Literature
— Alyssa Rosenberg (The Atlantic, 10 May 2011)
What's Behind the Dearth of Female 'American Idol' Finalists?
— Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times, 27 April 2011)
"Treme" Untangles the Lessons of Trauma
— Matt Zoller Seitz (Salon, 25 April 2011)

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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