Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Post-Traumatic Satire: Rethinking Political Satire through Egypt's Al-Bernameg
by Salokas, Erin, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 59; 10305857
Abstract (Summary)

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

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rahnema, Ali
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations
Keywords: Al-Bernameg, Arab Spring, Egypt, Egyptian Revolution, Political satire, Youssef, Bassem
Publication Number: 10305857
ISBN: 978-1-369-49421-1
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