Pop Culture and Social Media in the Arab World

I was interviewed by Terrance Mintner about Pop Culture and Social Media in the Arab World. Here are excerpts of the interview: 

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, a Beirut-based writer and activist, told The Media Line that young people in the Arab world are using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and Snapchat at an increasingly faster rate despite government controls and restrictions.

“Several studies conducted in the last decade have shown that pop culture and social media have helped Arab youth express and promote alternative political and social discourses and practices to the ‘official, normative, and institutional’ ones,” she said.

Although social media offers opportunities for creative expression and interaction, Chrabieh explained, there are many young people who must use these mediums while constantly negotiating complex and layered pressures to maintain online identities that meet the expectations of their societies, especially in the Gulf region.

“Fageeh’s work [generating online videos, for example] is one of many initiatives in the Arab world that addresses social and political issues. In fact, there has been an explosion of artistic and cultural productions since the 2000s in the forms of music, poetry, theater, graffiti, movies, etc.,” Dr. Chrabieh noted.

“There are of course cultural icons or ‘figureheads’ but we are witnessing the rise and proliferation of cultural democratization and transnational cultures [global cultures], especially when it comes to street art, videos and digital expression.”

Popular culture in the Arab world should not be viewed as byproduct of the Arab Spring, she explained. Even before the uprisings, it played a significant role in creating social and political transformations in response to what she termed “Ottoman and European colonialization.

“Lastly, it is hard to characterize Arab pop culture as one category given the diverse political institutions, regional history and the many different discourses about identity. Nevertheless, popular culture can help make sense of this complexity.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

A glimpse at four decades of partnership between the European Union and Lebanon

Proud of our #eastlinedigital team and its creative work 💗 Sharing here one of our projects for the European Union Delegation to Lebanon.

A glimpse at four decades of partnership between the #EU and #Lebanon And the mission continues…. #EUinLebanon

Women’s Rights in the Gulf Region – Alaraby Interview

مداخلتي منذ قليل في برنامج شبابيك (التلفزيون العربي، لندن) عن حقوق المرأة في الخليج وأسباب هروب فتيات و نساء إلى الخارج. خلاصة القول: لقد عملت هذه الدول في السنوات الأخيرة على سد الفجوة بين الجنسين (التمكين السياسي والتعليم والصحة) ولكن يجب اصلاح عدة قوانين (الأحوال الشخصية، الوصاية…) وتفكيك الذهنية الأبوية 

Alaraby TV (London – UK), Chababik program, 19-02-2019
Full Interview HERE

Le marketing digital dans le domaine de la santé en Suisse: un défi à relever

Le marketing digital dans le domaine de la santé est en pleine expansion au niveau international, et récemment en Suisse Romande. Un des leaders de la chirurgie ambulatoire dont la chirurgie réfractive, MV SANTE, fait partie de nos clients favoris.

Avec l’équipe Eastline Digital à Genève et Lausanne pour une série de rencontres, workshops, présentations et sessions de création de contenu.

Chez MV SANTE VISION à Lausanne – Suisse
13 Février 2019
Avec l’équipe de production d’Eastline Digital
Chez MV SANTE VISION, Lausanne – Suisse
En mode entrevue chez MV SANTE VISION, Lausanne-Suisse
Présentation/Workshop pour MV SANTE, Genève – Suisse
Avec l’équipe d’Eastline Digital
A Paris, avec l’équipe d’Eastline Digital

Stand Up for Human Rights

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Learning for and about human rights is important to understand the principles of equality and human dignity, and to build pluralistic and just socio-economic and political systems.
 
At the European Union Delegation to Lebanon #snap4humanrights Photo Competition Exhibition.

Snap for Human Rights Photo Competition

Proud to be working on this project with #EastlineDigital –
Sharing here the call for participation in the #EuInLebanon #humanrights photo competition: To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Union in Lebanon is launching a photo competition on four human rights themes: freedom of speech, gender equality, refugee rights and fighting against torture.

More information: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/lebanon/49334/snap-human-rights_en