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Arab Video Music: Imagined Territories and the Liberation of Desire (or: Sex Lies in Video (Clip))

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/9789774162930.003.0014
Arab Video Music: Imagined Territories and the Liberation of Desire (or: Sex Lies in Video (Clip))

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Video music or video clip in the Arab world has become an imagined territory. Here, the weight of censorship on desire and its manifestations is lightened. New media brings new freedoms to satellite television, particularly on pay-TV channels, where the investment of Capital entitles the consumer to more unorthodox expressions of fantasy, gender identity, and subjectivity than allowed in other Arab audiovisual products. The debate over pros and cons of censoring video music in the Arab world reveals more than the reshaping or absence of media control by the nation-state. Politics of discourse is remapped. The state is no longer the ultimate authority regulating discourse in the public sphere, as Capital becomes a major player in the regulatory process.

Keywords: video music; video clip; Arab world; new media; satellite television; regulatory process; desire

Chapter.  4119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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