As the world celebrates Jon Stewart's contributions to comedy, news and politics and mourns his departure from The Daily Show, many people are forgetting that Stewart is more than just a talented satirist. He's an outstanding leader.
Jon Stewart showed us night after night that you could use media and culture to take intellectual frustration from your personal life to the airwaves. Marginalized thoughts and voices didn't have to stay marginalized. They could fight to the center. They could inspire change.
Jon Stewart had a tremendous impact on the world and has launched the careers of many notable comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Jon Oliver, and Steve Carell. For now, we can watch Last Week Tonight and watch clips from The Daily Show on YouTube until it sinks in that Jon Stewart is not coming back.
This week gave us a night of truly must-see TV. First, 17 Republican candidates squared off in two debates on Fox News. The would-be presidents mostly competed to see who could sound the most bellicose, who hated the government more, who could show more contempt for undocumented immigrants and poor people, and who would repeal Obamacare (and deny 10 million people health insurance) the fastest. We learned military spending needs to be greatly increased, and that we need to start a new ground war with ISIS -- and possibly Iran. We heard little about the economy and nothing about climate change. Though Ronald Reagan was invoked, this was more midnight than morning in America. Then, a few hours later, in an act of supreme scheduling irony, Jon Stewart memorably said goodbye, reminding us that "bullshit is everywhere," and "the best defense against bullshit is vigilance." And also how desperately we'll miss him. #JonVoyage
The Twittersphere was on fire last night as hundreds of thousands paid tribute to Jon Stewart who said goodbye after 16 years on The Daily Show. Stephen Colbert told an emotional Stewart on last night's show, "We owe you because we learn from you."
Today's topics include Chez on Stephanie Miller's Happy Hour; farewell to Jon Stewart and the end of late night satire; the first GOP debate; the fake story about drinking games; Fox News focus group goes nuts about Trump and much more.
What Jon figured out was how to use comedy as a narrative to elevate and communicate stories that would not have other wise broken through the tradition media filters and into the public eye.
Last night was Jon Stewart's last night on the Daily Show. It's gotten me thinking about how he's so much more than an entertainer, and what he's done as the most trusted newsman in America...
The stage for this current tour is a far cry from what they did with 360. Here they are opting for the intimacy they had with the Elevation and Vertigo Tours of the early 2000's. Yet, the most interesting thing about the set-up is the massive wall that is their LED screen.
Sometimes, health and behavior studies validate our personal quirks and lifestyle choices. For example, when "science says" doodling helps us focus or...
Night after night, we lose ourselves in sleep, ever optimistic that our dreams will bring comfort, inspiration and pleasure. That's not always the case, of course. Our fears can manifest in our slumbering minds and even attack our vulnerable souls.
Outdoor cats are known night-wanderers. It's in their nature to slink off into the darkness whenever the mood strikes. But where do their evening pursuits take them? 13-year-old Evahn Martinsen was so curious that she took to strapping a GPS as part of her school science project.
In a podcast world of longform interviews and multi-voiced chatterings, The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show is a long-titled breath of fresh air. This round should prove to be every bit as bizarre as all the rest.
While others wish to send the monster back under his bed, I won't. I want him to stay right out in front of our eyes. And I want critics to really turn an ear to their own sidestepping rhetoric.
For the uninitiated imagine, if you will, two men, standing in the spotlight. One is shrewd, razor-sharp. The other not so much.