The insidious and deceptive self-branding that used to be confined to the corporate world is now also used by political message-makers, aiming to create a look and feel that consumers identify with intuitively.
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways in "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" have long advocated reasonableness.
NPR's outgoing ombudsman blames the "dark side" and "lousy job" of the blogosphere for NPR's own admittedly unclear memo forbidding staff from so much as stepping near the Jon Stewart Restoring Sanity rally.
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be celebrating the upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity/March To Keep Fear Alive by highlighting the ways The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have long advocated reasonableness.
In its effort to be hyper-journalistic towards the Jon Stewart rally, NPR is being un-journalistic. Journalists, properly empowered, are curious. They want to know things. NPR is telling them not to ask questions.
The upcoming Rally To Restore Sanity would be televised, just like the "revolution" you were promised not too long ago. In addition to being carried live the event will be streamed live on Comedy Central's website.
What can The Daily Show's Rally To Restore Sanity potentially clarify? Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune speculates that it might help reveal that America's "silent majority" is a level-headed one, not subsumed by senseless anger.
Religious people should look at ourselves to make sure that our own behavior fits sane standards of productive engagement with the "other" and represents a profound search of the best wisdom our traditions have to offer.