After finishing school I moved back in with my parents to get back on my feet and I didn't quite know what to do. What I did do was spend a lot of time in front of screens, whether it was my looking at my phone, laptop, or TV. After being away from Saudi for so long, I shouldn't have been surprised to find that things had changed. There were ads on TV urging viewers to drink water or walk more as part of a health campaign. There was a YouTube video of young men dancing to "Turn Down For What" in Iran. There were news articles about a young man in a hospital that had turned viral. I had a couple friends around and when I told them about what I saw, they had no idea what I was talking about. And so I created Pop Culture Middle East as a place where I could share what I found. Since then it has developed into a place where I write posts on art galleries that I visit and on interviews I conduct with influential figures in the modern culture(s) of this part of the world I call home.
I feel that my top posts reflects that shift:
- Dark Turns, YouTube and Laughing At Old White People: Navigating Comedy and Online Fame with Hisham Fageeh
- Arab rap and Saudi Arabia's first hip hop radio show host: No booty shaking culture here
- Be happy, Live More... Easy enough right?
- What happens when urban goes corporate
- Dior every day: How women's shoes in Saudi say a whole lot more than you think