Monday, April 9, 2012

News Parody and Social Media: The Rise of Egypt’s Fifth Estate

News Parody and Social Media: The Rise of Egypt’s Fifth Estate

On Monday April 2nd I presented a paper entitled “News Parody and Social Media: The Rise of Egypt’s Fifth Estate“ at the International Studies Association meetings in San Diego.
There are multiple versions of this paper, all of which center around the potential of news parody like Bassem Youssef’s B+ and El Bernameg to use humor to entertain, but also to offer a critique at once of the absurdities of political posturing, on the one hand, and the ways media construct authoritative accounts (and hence get used by politicians), on the other.
You can read the longer version here. The ten minute oral version is reprinted below

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