Department of Telecommunications
edostein 'at' indiana 'dot' edu
I am interested in the ways in which humor is used to covey subversive and critical messages in a manner that might meet less resistance than straightforward non-humorous criticism. My current research focuses on political satire on television, with shows like “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report” and “Saturday Night Live” being of particular interest.
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 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.
Comedy isn't just an academic passion of mine. I also write a monthly humorous column for the official Telecom graduate blog and occasionally do some improv.