Rana Sweis

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Inspired by Mad Men

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A look at vintage-inspired ads with a Mad Men flavor. Read more

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Colonial Exhibitions and Staging of Arab Spring

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Watching a popular uprising in real time was indeed a dramatic experience. As viewers tuned in (or streamed in) to the violence, courage, and uncertainty of events in North Africa this year, many of them had the impression of witnessing the actual events, free from the framing tactics and analytical bias often found on the six oclock news. A host of new media celebrities became household names as they reported live from Tahrir, and news outlets such as Al-Jazeera saw an unprecedented rise in viewership. Spectators were made to believe that a return to the event itself was once again possible after decades of being locked into what Jean Baudrillard called the hyper-real. The revolution in-and-of-itself seemed to unfold before our eyes, creating a fetish for real-time revolt. Read more

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