Dr Limor Shifman
Limor Shifman is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she investigates various aspects of Internet-based humour, including humour and gender, humour about computers and technology, online 'joke memes', and political online humour.
Limor Shifman (PhD Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her scholarly work focuses on two socio-cultural arenas: humour and communication technologies, as well as on their intertwining. Her studies span film, television and Internet, mainly in Israel, the US, and the UK. As a research fellow at the OII, Limor launched a novel ongoing research project about cyber-humour.
She currently investigates various aspects of Internet-based humour, including humour and gender, humour about computers and technology, the international spread and translation of online 'joke memes', and political online humour.
Internet-based humour, evolution of communication technologies, gender
Positions held at the OII
- Research Associate, October 2008 - August 2010
- Research Fellow, January 2005 - December 2007
January 2005 - December 2007
Combining quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the implications of the Internet on humorous communication (eg political, technology and gender based humour) starting from the senders of humorous messages and ending in receiving procedures.
- Shifman, L. and Maapil Varsano, H. (2007) The Clean, the Dirty and the Ugly: A Critical Analysis of Clean Humour Websites. First Monday 12 (2).
- Shifman, L., Coleman, S. and Ward, S. (2007) Only joking? Online Humour in the 2005 UK General Election. Information, Communication & Society 10: 465-487.
- Shifman, L. (2007) Humor in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Continuity and Change in Internet-Based Comic Texts. International Journal of Communication 1: 187-209.
- Shifman, L. and Katz, E. (2005) Just Call Me Adonai: A Case Study of Ethnic Humor and Immigrant Assimilation. American Sociological Review 70: 843-859.
- Shifman, L. and Blondheim, M. (2008) From the Spider to the Web: Innis' Ecological Approach to the Evolution of Communication Technologies. In: M.Blondheim and R.Watson (Eds) The Toronto School of Communication Theory: Interpretations, Extensions, Applications. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 339-356.
Recorded: 23 March 2006 Duration: 00:48:58
To what extent does the Internet function as a facilitator of new humorous forms and topics? How do these relate to characteristics of the Internet such as interactivity, multimedia and global reach? What are their social and cultural implications?