February 24, 2011
Revolution and Cultural Revival
This interesting note from our friend Nisrine Malek is worth reading (and less depressing the watching Libya go to hell.
Egypt has returned from the cultural backwaters | Nesrine Malik | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
I think there is an opportunity, it is certainly true that despite what the American Gov agents are always telling me, Egypt ceased to be a though leader in the Arab world ... well more or less since Sadat.
Egypt has returned from the cultural backwaters
Once the dominant force in Arab culture, post-revolutionary Egypt now has the chance to return to this role
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To quote one of the comments:
What we need in this world is less people crowing about the supremacy of any country
Plus, Egypt probably has a long way to go before it gains some creative dynamics that beat, say, Lebanon.
Gains, not regains. That is, the Nasser pumped culture that swept the Arab World is about misallocation of resources that no democratic state could afford.
But then, they do have a numerical advantage. So we'll see. For now, it's just pure speculation. Let's see what the generals do to begin with.
Cheers for posting, nice to see Aqoul active again. I hope you're well Mr Lounsbury.
Even though Lebanon has pretty much taken over the airwaves, I still find there is a dearth of cinema/drama/thespian clout.
Yes, let's see what the generals do, but there is certainly a window for some sort of rennaisance.
Posted by: Nesrine at February 24, 2011 06:03 PM
Size and geographic centralization might give them a cultural advantage of sorts, even in a free market of ideas.
To requote -- no idea of its truth -- an adage I heard at one time, of a more distant past:
Egyptians write the books, Lebanese print them, Iraqis read them.
On the other hand, I suspect that at that time, only Lebanese and Tunisians were free to print them.
Posted by: matthew h at February 24, 2011 08:58 PM