Research question #5
How did forum participants express critical involvement, report
opposing views, or agree upon the cultural thematic presented by
the telenovela “El Clon”?
The content analysis of the sample messages shows that the posts
many times combine the different sub-dimensions of parasocial interaction.
With the understanding that the messages display layers of sub-dimensions,
the messages are coded as demonstrating a strong critical involvement
when their content suggest different plots or engage in the artistic
construction of the novela. It is also considered critical involvement
when the messages suggest different approaches; offer corrections
and disagreements or concordance to the telenovela’s portrayal
of Muslim culture. The qualitative content analysis of the 310 sample
messages categorizes 14 % (40) of the messages as strongly displaying
In trying to respond to how the posters demonstrated critical involvement
with the characters and the theme, the following examples will be
illustrating the whole gamut of the critical thinking displayed
by the posts, corresponding to the criteria used for the message
analysis and classification.
The following examples voice criticisms of the author’s portrayal
of family life in the Ali’s household, while some messages
justify Gloria Perez use of belly dancing and Ali’s constant
recital of verses from the Koran.
Do you think people of the Muslin faith
feel offended by some of things that are shown about the life style.
Last night it appeared that the people at Tio Ali's spent all their
time playing music,singing and Latifa dancing through her pregnancy.
I know it is a wonderfuly happy occasion for the couple and their
family but I think this is strictly from Gloria Perez imagination.
Beautiful but unreal.
Re:Do you think people of the Muslin faith
I don't know about the Muslin people, but that was a little
too much for me. Pregnant woman don't dance all the time, not even
a few time. What they are is uncorfortable, tired and heavy. I found
myself wondering what was the point? We all know she was happy but
to be dancing most of the time??
I think it was done so as to find a good
technical way to showed that time had passed. It is a transition
shot, the same was done when Leo came running to Albieri on the
beach. A beautiful transition shot. besides Latifah is wealthy so
I am not surprise she does nothing at home with some many maids
Re: Muslims have Shown
Dislike to the way this ovela has portray them. They caim that Gloria
Perez has exagerated a bit.
It is different in each country,and it is only>
a novela.regarding Latifa's dance,well it may be a little too much,but
it reflects her joy in being pregnant,
in some muslim households the women are pampered,specially when
they are rich and pregnant, they don't have anything else to do,
specially in 30 or 40 years ago.
but i think now it's different.but i can't be sure about that.as
i said each country is diferent.
Yeah, I’ve wondered about this too
All this belly dancing is becoming a bit gratuitious. I don't think
they are always quoting the Koran either
Koran plays important role
From my experience (mostly reading), it is true that the Koran plays
as important role in the life of most practicing Muslims as does
the Bible for many practicing Christians. I know many people who
regularly quote the Bible in daily life -- and not necessarily the
Memorization of the Koran chapter and verse is important, generally
more so for the Muslim male, but knowing the word of Allah is an
essential part of practicing and living the faith.
And I'd have to concur that while a pregnant woman would perhaps
not be so light on her feet at say 6 or 7 months pregnant, the dancing
is a lovely way to show that Latifa is a pampered and beloved woman
in a state that is especially revered (she's the potential mother
of the first born son) in the culture (heck, in most cultures!),
as well as someone who still inspires passion in her husband's eyes.
Her seductive dance suggests too that she holds him in her thrall
and he's a willing captive. And, unlike Western women who feel less
sexually desirable as they increase in size because of our cultural
preference for slim shapes, many cultures feel much more positively
about the more rounded, shall we say, figure because it implies
If you look at it from this perspective I don't find anything negative
in the portrayal at all.
Re:Do you think people of the Muslin faith
I feel that this novela has over exaggerated! I'm a muslim women
and in our religion we don't go around dancing all day long and
playing music besides to much music and dancing is haram (forbidden)
and the way they celebrate with belly dancers dancing around all
the men this is haram also so who ever came up with this novela
doesn't know much about islam because they try to make Ali to be
such a holly man and he has all this stuff going around in his home.
In Islam no women should be dancing around men that are not her
immediate family members or like they showed last night episode
where nazida didn't cover her hair in front of Ali also in islam
this is haram a women must wear her veil in front of men she can