Wired to the World

Rooftops are covered with disks, wires and any form of metal that will pull down signal from somewhere far away. Sometimes it’s to watch soap opera’s from Egypt or Lebanon, two neighboring countries with a fairly developed entertaining escape from reality, although they’ve caught on to this international interest in “reality” programming.
Turning on the television here is like taking a trip around the world’s living rooms. You can sit in front of the boob tube and watch the same shows folks in Bahrain are watching, folks in Uzbekistan, UK, Iraq or even reruns of Friends from the US.
Like America you can walk down the street on a beautiful autumn day and see faces glowing in front of television sets as they watch life flicker by.
Unlike America, maybe because they have very few stations themselves, you get the feeling that the people here are not only watching themselves in reruns of reality tv, or tuning into newsy entertainment shows like “Good Morning America”, but they are watching the world.

Posted October 13th, 2005 in Uncategorized.

One comment:

  1. Laurens Miedema:

    I am not sure if watching dallas, friends and desperate housewives gives anyone outside of US and western europe the best image of what our countries are really like. But yeah unlike most of our fellow westerners they learn something about how life is outside of their homes. Bet they have Oprah also.


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