The audience for Egypt's Bassem Youssef Show is growing as fast as a snowball rolling down a hill — and it exemplifies everything that is new about media in post-revolutionary Egypt.
Many equate Youssef to America's Jon Stewart.
Tarek AlQazzaz is general manager at Baraka One Web, a production company that is actually making money posting original content on YouTube. When AlQazzaz cooked up a show starring his old friend, Bassem Youssef, he was enmeshed in the revolution based in Tahrir Square, where Youssef, a heart surgeon, was attending to the wounded.
For deposed dictators, the old promise of a comfortable exile spent in a foreign capital or some tropical country is no longer a likely end.
Instead, many face the threat of prosecution for perpetrating violence against their own people.
Not everyone is convinced that's an entirely good thing. The prospect of an international trial, some argue, can convince a tyrant he should hold on to power longer, leading to more violence in forcing his ouster.