Hizbullah’s Al Manar TV and the Discontents of Satellite Media: Paradoxes of Visuality in the Israel-Lebanon War of 2006
Mon, October 4, 2010 • 3:00 PM • GAR 0.102
"Hizbullah’s Al Manar TV and the Discontents of Satellite Media: Paradoxes of Visuality in the Israel-Lebanon War of 2006"
A talk by Hatim El-Hibri, New York University
Monday October 4, 2010
The war of 2006 and the sit-in protests by Hizbullah and its allies in downtown Beirut that soon followed reframed the relation between media and locale in the Middle East. This paper focuses on the paradoxes of Al Manar TV’s different modalities of representation produced by this new relation during the conflict with Israel and subsequent sit-in.
The paradoxes of these modalities are most clearly expressed in four moments—Al Manar’s representation of Hizbullah fighters appearing and disappearing from the gaze of military surveillance; Israel’s hacking of the otherwise mostly uninterrupted broadcast signal; the mass visibility of protestors in downtown Beirut; and the popular proliferation of the image of Hizbullah leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
Examining the dialectic between visibility and invisibility in these phenomena allows us to better understand the cultural politics of media and public space in the rapidly changing visual culture of the Middle East.