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The surprising spread of "Idol" TV: Cynthia Schneider on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

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. (Recorded at TEDGlobal University 2009, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 5:38)

Watch Cynthia Schneider’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 550+ TEDTalks.

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