Middle East Notes and Comment: Political Spectacle
October 15, 2004
At a recent conference on the political effects of Arab satellite television, a prominent Arab talk show host blurted out, “I will tell you a secret about television. It is all about spectacle. It is about spectacle first, spectacle second, and spectacle third.” Although he did not intend it, he may have put his finger on the reason why an eruption of free speech in the Arab world has thus far produced little political change, let alone democracy.