Ouidyane Elouardaoui

is a Fulbright scholar who recently received her PhD degree in film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Masters in English language and culture, with a focus on media and film, in Morocco in 2008. Her current research interests include contemporary Arab media, melodrama and spectatorship, as well as television, globalization and modernity.


The emergence of new private, transnational Arab TV channels in the 1990s raised hopes that, having shrugged off state control, Arab media would provide the kind of coverage that critical issues in Arab nations deserved. Ouidyane Elouardaoui investigates what went wrong.

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