This is not a partisan politics piece. I am fiercely independent and stand in the middle on many subjects. As my love for this show has grown, so have my questions. You see, I have been watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart religiously since 2007. And I say religiously because I forget to watch it for weeks on end and then I make up for it with a marathon or two.
In this span of years, I have noticed the show evolve as quickly as the volatility of politics has evolved, not missing a beat and whacking the moles every single time. They have made me think ten times more about the garbage politicians spew, separating fact from presentation, and have made me a more discerning consumer of media. Got to thank those wise asses and point out the merits!
Oh yeah, wise asses. It’s true: Jon Stewart repeatedly reiterates that he is not a journalist.. simply a comedian. The voracious masses eat up every word he says like hard fact, and he does check his sources and admit when he’s wrong, but the sheer fact that he is a comedian has got to mean something!
If the president were to go up in front of congress and narrate to a montage of their stupidity, would it be as well respected as when Jon Stewart does it? Have we really grown so cynical as a nation to believe that laid back sarcasm can replace genuine authority and professionalism?
When Jon Stewart interviews politicians, lawmakers, or even journalists, does he outright hold them accountable for their flaws and lay down ground rules on how to move forward with projects? Of course he doesn’t, but most of his fans seem to expect it! Daily Show fans count on Stewart and his team to cut a gash through the saturated media they so often succumb to until the truth gushes out, or they begin to feel the familiar tingle of their brains actually operating. I think this is where we find the issue.
If The Daily Show is the smelling salt for the media-coma masses, then stubbing your toe is the smelling salt for remembering to watch where you’re going. Granted, the two have opposing side-effects (laughter vs cussing), yet at first it’s the same motion: a big, deep breath.
Speaking of big, deep breaths… As a public, we need to start taking bigger, deeper breaths when we’re watching these slander commercials paid for by humanoid corporations. Don’t let the propaganda get to you! We need to take a big, deep breath when we’re listening to someone’s reasoning for who they want to vote for. Don’t simply prepare what your next argument will be instead of listening to theirs! Finally, we need to take bigger, deeper breaths all throughout this long and tough decision. Thinking clearly and logically now will help us when it comes time to choose who will be the leader of our country come Election 2012. Whether or not that person is everything we need is completely irrelevant. No one person can change the direction of a nation. Don’t let them make you think otherwise! and Start by looking into your local elections first!
The support we put behind our figure heads is what matters. They’re nothing more than a symbol. We the people are responsible for making this work. We need to fight these corporations and lobbyists and return the power to REAL people.
And the only REAL people I see on the news lately, actors, comedians, journalists… are those wise asses on The Daily Show. And for me this is an issue!