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Cynthia Schneider:
The surprising spread of Idol TV

TEDGlobal 2009 · 5:37 · Filmed Jul 2009
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Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV
5:37 · Filmed July 2009 at TEDGlobal 2009 · Subtitles available in 29 languages

Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol"-style shows — one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates — and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.

Cultural diplomacy expert
Cynthia Schneider studies culture and politics — watching how novels, TV shows and cultural engagement around the globe (and especially within the Muslim world) might lead to political change. She was the US ambassador to the Netherlands from 1998 to 2001. Full bio
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