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Music and Media in the Arab World$
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Michael Frishkopf

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162930

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.001.0001

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

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

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(p.265) 13 Arab Video Music: Imagined Territories and the Liberation of Desire (or: Sex Lies in Video (Clip))
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Music and Media in the Arab World
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Michael Frishkopf

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162930.003.0014

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

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