The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory

The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory

Jason Holt

Language: English

Pages: 361

ISBN: 1118397681

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory

Jason Holt

Language: English

Pages: 361

ISBN: 1118397681

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Savor moments of Zen like never before, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents

The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy is revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century.

  • Features significant revisions and updates from the first 2007 edition
  • Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report
  • Reveals why and how The Daily Show is philosophically engaging and significant
  • Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality, and the American Way
  • Faces head on tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power

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document.20 Franklin’s reactionary posing for ulterior purposes cannot help but bring Colbert to mind. In fact, the affinities between Ben and Stephen are many, and profound. In just ten years Colbert will have played his beloved high-status idiot for as long as Franklin kept the Poor Richard Saunders shtick going. Two irrepressible Americans, equal parts goofiness and decency, each brash enough to claim, in his way, “I Am America (And So Can You!)” The surprising similarities we find between the

festivals of reconciliation and restoration that he described were not particular to Greece but endemic to ancient fertility religions generally, seems rather a point in the theory’s favor. Ancient Greek comedy is interesting insofar as it speaks to human possibility generally, not just a few dead white men. For more on the academic kerfuffle among pointy-headed classicists, see Erich Segal, The Death of Comedy (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), 5–9. Chapter 4 Seriously Funny

Mockery as a Political Weapon Greg Littmann The Daily Show is simultaneously one of the funniest television ­programs ever made and one of the most earnest voices calling for political change in the United States. On the surface, such a combination of the frivolous and the deeply serious is peculiar. The demand for political change rests on an insistence on facing the truth, yet comedy by its very nature relies on absurdity and ­distortion. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and the correspondents

just f#@king plotz! 100 terrance macmullan 4.  Little known fact: the pilot for Downton Abbey has a scene set in an opium den where the Dowager Countess does a lot of penis-grabbing and urinating. 5.  Admittedly, this is a very small population group. 6.  Smart people sometimes write smart books about why Americans don’t like smart people. Since these books do not have sparkly vampires or sexually deviant housewives, few people read them. If you want to be hated by the members of your book

false dilemma: “I had a choice to make: either take the word of a madman [Saddam Hussein] or defend America. Given that choice, I will defend America every time.” But when faced with the arguably worse threat posed by then-leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, President Bush didn’t present the situation in terms of this sort of dilemma. So while North Korea continued to threaten America with tests of ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, the rhetoric about North Korea remained markedly different

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