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The Controversy over Satellite Music Television in Contemporary Egypt

Michael Frishkopf

in Music and Media in the Arab World

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162930
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970139 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.003.0010
The Controversy over Satellite Music Television in Contemporary Egypt

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Headlines regarding the maliciousness of music video clips became a familiar sight in the Egyptian and Arab press. The source of all the commotion over music television in Egypt is the launching of the Egyptian and Arabic private satellite channels which are devoted to the broadcast of foreign and Arabic language music videos. This chapter contextualizes the gender, class, and moral anxieties articulated by Egyptian critics of the flourishing genre of Arab music videos and satellite music television channels, and demonstrates that the present-day uproar over the Arab music video has a clear genealogy in the history of Egyptian mass-mediated culture.

Keywords: music videos; Egypt; music television; satellite channels; Arab music videos; video clips

Chapter.  21232 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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