A very worthwhile read, via Steve Almond at The Baffler:
Our lazy embrace of Stewart and Colbert is a testament to our own impoverished comic standards. We have come to accept coy mockery as genuine subversion and snarky mimesis as originality. It would be more accurate to describe our golden age of political comedy as the peak output of a lucrative corporate plantation whose chief export is a cheap and powerful opiate for progressive angst and rage.
In this, the “golden age” of Facebook Likes masquerading as activism, have we fallen prey to a massive ruse? One in which progressive rage is vaccinated little by little via 30-minute doses of harmless political comedy?
They’re not so convinced over at Vulture:
It seems like we have some version of this conversation every few years: Is Jon Stewart too easy on some of his guests? Yes. Do we live in a time when people are extremely reluctant to criticize members of the American military? We do. But is it really the role of all comedy, even political and media-centric comedy, to radicalize a population? Comedy can absolutely introduce political agitation. Must it, though? Are Stewart and Colbert asleep at the wheel because they’re not more like Bill Hicks?
- Daily Show and Colbert Report return to internet amid Viacom blackout (guardian.co.uk)
- Scholars Can’t Get Enough Colbert (newser.com)
- We Love Jon Stewart Because We’re ‘Lazy’ (newser.com)
- Oh, Stephen Colbert! How I missed your comedy! (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Truthinessology: The Stephen Colbert effect becomes an obsession in academia (bgroupcommunications.wordpress.com)