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      Media Augmentation in the Arab World: The Return of the Repressed

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      Politics of the Machine Beirut 2019 (POM2019)
      Politics of the Machine
      11-14 June 2019
      Arab revolution, Arab spring, Media augmentation, Mobile connectivity, Return of the repressed


            When the revolutions in the Arab world erupted, media augmentation was the sole direct reporter of the events happening in the street. It was the image of the revolution and, at the same time, the revolution of the image, an image that had exploded into the reporting of the explosion. What is manifested from all those revolutions is a violent brut image that does not care about the high definition of it resolution but about how real and genuine it is and therefore rough and pixelated. Media augmentation becomes the violent and aggressive reporter of the violent event themselves, the context as well as the content of that media are both violent and aggressive by default, and when it is presented into a plastic and synthetic façade for entertainment purposes, it remains violence and aggressive latent beneath all the layer of the spectacle, or even violent because it is hidden under the postcard-image of the spectacle. Revolution by itself is an act of violence, and the augmented image by itself is act of violence; the result is a spectacle of violence for an audience that can only be entertained with such acts of brut violence. With media augmentation, the multitude are themselves the perpetrators, the victims and the perceivers of all that violence with all its types and all the complexities of its layers and variations, through enacting it, watching it, consuming it or just living with it as a normal quotidian.


            Author and article information

            June 2019
            June 2019
            : 41-47
            [0001]The International University of Beirut

            Michel Abi Chahla street, Mousytbeh

            © Choubassi et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of POM Beirut 2019

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Politics of the Machine Beirut 2019
            Beirut, Lebanon
            11-14 June 2019
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Politics of the Machine
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/POM19.7
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Return of the repressed,Media augmentation,Arab revolution,Mobile connectivity,Arab spring


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