Kraidy Discusses His Book on Reality Television

Professor Marwan M.. Kraidy discusses his new book Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life in a two-part blog by Henry Jenkins titled "What Reality Television Tells Us About The Arab World."

“Reality television crystallized a festering Arab malaise exacerbated by the Iraq War, Abu Ghrayb, the Danish Cartoons, the plight of the Palestinians, and an existential crisis whose scope is truly all-encompassing--ideological, social, political, economic, religious, etc. Clearly, reality television did not trigger all the above on its own, but the intense controversy it created, because it was public, transnational, and involved many sectors of society, gave many Arabs a language and a platform to voice their anger, fears and aspirations,” Prof. Kraidy said in the interview.