Lebanese '90s television emulator: telfezion.com


Watch it: telfezion.com. It's like Nam Jun Paik on vacation in Beirut after dropping acid with a falafel chaser. Created by Nadim Kobeissi, aka @kaepora. He tells Boing Boing how the project came about, below.

Nadim says:

I grew up in Lebanon and didn't move to Montreal until I was 18. I had very strong memories of how Television in Lebanon was during my childhood in the 90's, and made telfezion.com as a project to emulate those memories as accurately as possible.

I spent days looking through YouTube/obscure Arabic websites for the footage, which is highly nostalgic Lebanese ads, political videos, cartoons that were popular in Lebanon during my childhood, etc. I've sent it to Lebanese friends - many got tears of nostalgia.

Some facts:

* "Telfezion" is how television is referred to in Lebanese Arabic
* Contains almost an hour of footage, adding more every day.
* It uses sessions and a sorting algorithm to queue the footage randomly but with proper spacing

I plan to find and add more news/political footage, as Lebanon was only beginning to emerge from a highly political 25-year civil war in the 90's.

My motive for making this site is just that it's so much fun. All my Lebanese friends recognize how valuable it is - it's so weird for them see the Internet mirror intimate and highly relevant childhood memories and I love working on that.