The character of the Jan 25 Revolution seems to be a common discussion point among Egyptians. The aspect which we are discussing in this exchange revolves around the humor used in the Square and in the Western media. The wit expressed in the Square and across the globe made a target of an out of date regime.
Political humor requires an understanding of popular culture and the conventions of humor in a given context. -The background information is what sets up the joke. Without this context we run the risk of offending a culture which could easily perceive the joke as an insult. Rather than shy away from this , let’s consider it learn- able moment. And see what lessons we can learn from the gap between what we expect (Jon Stewart is funny , so everyone should laugh) and what happens (He is mocking conservative bias, but will a non-western audience get the joke. )
This juncture between Western culture and a Westernized culture should provide us with meaningful discussion on the topics (Islamaphobia, Westernization, democracy, etc), which the comedians use as fodder for their jokes.
Our partnership has proven enjoyable and educational. My partners on the other side of the globe always present interesting ideas , motivated students, and they are very very patient with my email abilities.
Looking forward to an interesting exchange.
Department of Rhetoric and Composition