LAU Arab Popular culture conference

Posted: April 28, 2010 in Guest Speakers

By Weam Al Dakheel

pop culture
Andrew Hammond-Pop Culture Arab World

Arab Popular Culture Covered in LAU

the audience

LAU’s Department of Communication Arts organized a conference about the Arab Popular Culture and the Media from April 21 to the 23rd under the management of Dr.Ramez Maluf. The Arabic popular culture is the common shared theme among 40 scholars from around the world. They will discuss and embark upon culture, religion, technology, music, gender segregation, architecture, Internet, and social media in different parts of the Arab world.

Features of online love stories in the Gulf by Nele Lenze. University of Oslo

How does one find the right life spouse when both woman and men are barely socially interacting in conservative Gulf countries?

In the Arab pop culture conference, which took place in the Lebanese American University, the discussion started from a technological aspect relating to online dating. What are the benefits of publishing online?
2.Easy to publish
3.Audience is known
4.Limited censorship
7.Applying that on online dating

The above list is the prime benefits of online publishing, as you can have:
– Easily Accessible from any PC, 24 hours a day
– Good way for travelers to meet singles at various destinations
– Builds your social network by searching for and meeting like minded people
– Worldwide medium so you can meet people all over the world
– Inexpensive way to browse an unlimited number of single men and women
– Free anonymous email accounts
– New video dating and voice personals help you get more of a sense of the person

Arab Popular Culture Confrence, held at LAU

I agree with Oslo about internet sites segregation, specially in Gulf countries. However, all Internet dating sites are not created identically. Just like clubs or a advertisements, different sites tend to attract different types of people. In Golf countries “love stories are based on gender segregation,” said Oslo. The discussion norms shaping the characteristics of Internet dating are: gender segregation, social status, gender roles, and globalization.

How about a communicating with dating letters through books from libraries? Does it make sense in how much you going to know the person wildly successful?

Nele Oslo Answers the question by illustrating real life examples of couples dating in Riyadh through book libraries, chatting rooms, facebook, and other social media sources. As for statistics, numbers speaks for the molding of online dating on people’s minds and lives.

Online dating stats in the info graphic below, a few highlights:

1.One out of ten users on online dating sites are scammers; one out of ten users leave within the first 3 months; and one out of ten sex offenders reportedly use online dating to meet people.
2.Online, men lie most about their age, height, and income.
3.Women, on the other hand, lie most about their weight, physical build, and age.

The best online dating conversations

Chatting with someone online and sharing some of your most personal thoughts and experiences are much easier than speaking to someone in person. Nele Oslon has focused on this aspect concerning the dating conversations specially the techniques of writing and chatting online.

The list of online writing tips and strategies:

*Try asking a question


Some of the best headlines grab the users’ attention by asking them a question. It should be relevant to your profile but the more obscure the better. People often get drawn in by a question and can’t resist answering it, particularly if it’s quite literal.
Leave the clichés to someone else 
Just doing your research will show you how many people write things like ‘Looking for Mr Right’ or ‘I might be the one you’re looking for’ or even ‘I don’t know what to write’! Think about what an overused headline is going to tell someone about you except maybe that you have limited imagination?

*Or try a misquote

Same as above but with a twist! But don’t forget to acknowledge that is what you are doing or people might just think you are stupid!

*Be philosophical

Try wearing your heart on your sleeve and stating your philosophy on life in the first few words, you’ll be amazed at the effect!
Limit your use of emoticons and exclamation marks
It can be difficult to express yourself in writing sometimes but some people simply hate emoticons etc. so err on the side of caution and try and leave then out of your headline or at least limit their use.

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