The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, by Jason Holt

By Jason Holt

Savor moments of Zen like by no means earlier than, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents

The final day-by-day express and Philosophy is revised, accelerated, and up-to-date to probe deeper than ever ahead of the philosophical value of the vital “fake” information exhibit of the twenty first century.

  • Features major revisions and updates from the 1st 2007 edition
  • Includes dialogue of either The day-by-day Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report
  • Reveals why and how The day-by-day express is philosophically attractive and significant
  • Showcases philosophers at their most sensible, discussing fact, wisdom, truth, and the yankee Way
  • Faces head on difficult and strangely humorous questions about politics, faith, and power

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So in Stewart’s interaction with correspondents we see that correspondents are often the ones who make things up, and they play ignorant, leaving Stewart as the reliable source of real news. Of course, when Stewart delivers news stories on his own, not everything he says is reliable. For one thing, The Daily Show is comedy, and viewers understand that every fake news story has a punch line, if not several. Since The Daily Show makes fun of real news, usually the structure of a fake news story is to begin with facts and end in farce.

The Voice of the People In the first version of this essay I discussed The Daily Show as a Fifth Estate agent in a few different respects, though it didn’t occur to me to pose the question of an ethos. In the subsequent years I have discovered a whole phalanx of like-minded thinkers, and it has been most interesting to discover my essay cited by both satire skeptics and fake news aficionados. Because I cooked up my notion of the Fifth Estate by digging up insights from undergraduate days—Poli Sci 101—at the time I didn’t fancy myself original.

Sometimes The Daily Show critiques both politicians and the media in the same story. On January 20, 2011, Jon Stewart reported remarks made by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) on the House floor. Cohen called for a return to civil discourse in politics, entreating his colleagues to avoid name-calling and personal attacks. One week after this speech, Cohen himself compared Republicans to Nazis, saying that Republicans were lying about the President’s proposed healthcare plan like Goebbels lied to the German people.

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