The study of political satire has generally been reserved for established, democratic societies. Variables that mainstream scholarship has indentified in the search to theorize the significance of political satire often proved to be tailored to Western modes of government and society. Al-Bernameg with Bassem Youssef served as the case study to explore any potential impact of late-night televised political satire distinctive to audiences in the midst of democratic transition, or any other socio-political classification that could be given to Egypt since their rendition of the Arab Spring in January of 2011. Using a sampling pool of just over one hundred respondents, research was conducted to determine how Egyptians felt the show helped or hindered the democratic process, and what power it truly held, if any at all. In addition, the show’s very existence served as a litmus test for the ever-evolving relationship between the Egyptian government and the limits of expression in the country. The show was cancelled shortly after this thesis was submitted, as announced in a press conference on 2 June, 2014.
Keywords: Political Satire, Arab Spring, Egypt, Egyptian Revolution, Al-Bernameg, Bassem Youssef
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Al-Bernameg, Arab Spring, Egypt, Egyptian Revolution, Political satire, Youssef, Bassem|
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