Department of Telecommunications
edostein 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I have a B.A. in Politics and Government, with minors in General History and Mass Communication, as well as two M.A. degrees, in Middle Eastern Studies and Creative Writing, from Ben-Gurion University.
Throughout my studies, I have examined humoristic content from different times and different places, such as Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal", Jewish-American dialect jokes from the 1950's, Israeli author and filmmaker Ephraim Kishon's work and Israeli comedy shows' depictions of minorities. In my M.A. thesis I analyzed the content of "Eretz Nehederet", Israel's popular news parody, in the context of the general elections and military operations of 2006 and 2009.
I am interested in the ways in which satire can be used to obtain political information and to distribute subversive messages. I'm particularly interested in fake news shows such as "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" and how both theories of satire and "real" journalism can be applied to them.
Comedy isn't just an academic passion of mine. I also recently made my first steps in the world of improv.