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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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The Infinite Scroll

The Infinite Scroll

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(p.89) Chapter 3 The Infinite Scroll
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Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals
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Tarek El-Ariss

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181936.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Saudi “tweeter” Mujtahidd, who has been leaking by “showing the inside” of the Saudi government and royal family since 2011. It explores how the leaking subject, the unknown Mujtahidd or Mujtahidd the “mystery,” constructs himself as an online character (avatar), author, and knower. Drawing on classical Arabic prose genres such as akhbār (anecdotes, news, lore), it reads the fiction of the leak in relation to the genres of serialized novels and TV series. It argues that the collapse between Twitter user and Twitter as such is at work in Mujtahidd's case as well. Mujtahidd fuses with Twitter, reproducing it as function of revelation, writing genre, and machine à scandale.

Keywords:   Twitter, activist, Mujtahidd, leaking, avatar, political consciousness, tweeter, Saudi royal family

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