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Tarek El-Ariss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181936

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181936.001.0001

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What Is in My Heart Is on My Twitter

What Is in My Heart Is on My Twitter

(p.58) Chapter 2 What Is in My Heart Is on My Twitter
Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals

Tarek El-Ariss

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the confrontational practices of Egyptian activist Wael Abbas. Investigating the interplay of leaks and scene-making in Wael's posts and language, which are often decried or dismissed as vulgar and offensive, the chapter problematizes the charge of qillat adab (uncivil, disrespectful, impolite, rude), exploring it both as practice and performance that is amplified by new media technology yet coincides with, is grounded in, and arises from local, affective models of protest and contestation. Tracing a trail of invectives and bruises, torture videos, and online attacks, it is argued that the activist-blogger is no longer tied to the disciplining project of the liberal state or to the “lonely intellectual” speaking truth to power.

Keywords:   Egyptian activist, Wael Abbas, bloggers, leaks, new media technology, confrontation, uncivil, disrespectful, impolite, rude

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