Tobias Scholz is lecturer in Sociology at John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation on image rituals of re-integration will be published in early 2012. Since 2006 he has written several essays on the representation of disasters and related subjects. He is currently working on a book on the comic rationality of Jon Stewart (the Daily Show), which will also be published in 2012. His research and teaching interests include media and communication theory, the sociology of religion, cultural theory as well as theories of photography.