Digitality and Debordered Spaces in the Era of Streaming: A Global South Perspective

Joe F. Khalil*, Mohamed Zayani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Emerging digital entertainment media in the Global South are anchored in nation-state configurations, benefit from supranational affordances, and aspire to global operations. Drawing on Sassen’s “third spaces,” the article focuses on the case of Shahid, a Middle East-based video streaming platform and a hybrid media venture that operates at the intersection of the local and the global. The article suggests digital media entertainment territoriality is such that content services simultaneously inhabit geographic nation-state borders and transversally closed bordered spaces, and point to potential reconfigurations of power dynamics with such ventures functioning as spaces for negotiating cultural politics in the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalTelevision and New Media
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Middle East/Arab world
  • globalization
  • media infrastructure
  • piracy
  • political economy
  • streaming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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