The serial that stood out most to me was Looney Nuna. It’s a more progressive tale about a servant girl named Nuna, who applies the knowledge she learns from the school while working in a house next door. Other dramas like Looney Nuna strongly emphasize an idealized education for all. However, compared to reality, it doesn’t measure up given the little opportunity for those with harsher lifestyles to ever learn and for those who do they have inconsistent attendance and poor quality teachers. What I found that was more concerning in Abu-Lughod’s book was how not fitting the ideal “image” on TV is damaging the esteem of the people within their own culture. Though it might be small issue, I feel it affects the citizens when they think about their cultural and national identity.
The most interesting difference I noted between the role of TV in America and Egypt is its centrality and the involvement of the State in producing the content on TV. In America, I feel that TV is losing its center location in our lives and has been reduced to an accessory of sorts because of our movement away from it and more towards the Internet. Also, TV in America isn’t completely controlled or produced by the government and is mostly in the hands of big businesses. With the Egyptian serials, you’re always aware of an undercurrent because the close involvement with the State is a key factor that carries a framework within the history and conflicts of the state, nation, and people that American TV no longer really has.