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I just feel like my heart is going to burst because it's full of rainbows.
"Want!?! Can chaos want? Can despair sleep? Can laughter play cards?" ~ John Oliver, The Daily Show
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Quote:I'd love to know how Jon's humo(u)r translates, mill.
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Wade's voice sounds like far-off thunder wrapped in velvet. ~ James Sanford, KALAMAZOO GAZETTE
What kind of benevolent deity would allow our money to be equal to that of Canada's? ~ John Hodgman, The Daily Show, October 4, 2007
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It's a sad--almost terrifying--comment on the state of the American media that we have come to rely on these two funnymen to tell us the truth about our
country in the same way we relied on Murrow in the '50s and Walter Cronkite in the '60s.
these two men do not participate in a pack mentality
Stoopuhd double posting! See below for comment.
Jun 22 09 6:25 AM
In the July issue of Sojourners magazine, the Rev. Jim Wallis calls the Daily Show's Jon Stewart a prophet. "The Hebrew
prophets often use humor, satire, and truth-telling to get their message across, and I feel you do a combination of all three," Wallis told Stewart.
"I think you are a little like a Hebrew prophet after all."
Stewart, who deflates big egos for a living, would have none of it. "It may be true that the Hebrew prophets used humor in that
regard, to create social change, but it was also used by Borscht Belt social directors. We've got a lot more in common with them than the
Stewart is more than a comedian. He's the Will Rogers of our time, laughing with us as he sharply and satirically mocks the
absurdities of politics, media and popular culture. But a prophet? Seems like quite a stretch, at least in the theological sense of the word.
"Prophecy is born precisely in that moment when the emergence of social political reality is so radical and inexplicable that is
has nothing less than a theological cause," wrote Christian theologian Walter Brueggemann, whose scholarship on the Old Testament prophets is prophetic in
its own right.
In Stewart's world of real people and fake news, cause and effect are clearly comical, not theological.
Brueggemann's description of of prophetic tradition could also be used to describe the tradition of social satire from Voltaire
and Swift to Twain and Vonnegut: "The prophetic tradition is basically to create a mode of public discourse that exposes establishment commitments as
phony and self-serving ... to create a way of speaking publicly that shows how our ordinary discourse hides and trivializes the power
Stewart spends plenty of time exposing the phony and self-serving powers that be, but he told Wallis he doesn't think people
should see what he does as social activism.
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but
just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way
we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
Real prophets aren't venting on their own. "God is raging in the prophet's words," wrote Abraham Joshua Heschel, the
great 20th-Century Jewish theologian.
I don't think Jon Stewart qualifies as a prophet, but who's to say God doesn't also send us court jesters?
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but who's to say God doesn't also send us court jesters?
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