Rally for Sanity: Does comedy connect with political action?

| October 25, 2012

Does political satire and parody engage people in political debate and action, or does it make people more apathetic or even cynical. To answer this question, We look at the Rally for Sanity (and/or Fear) hosted by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and we talk to their fans.

For me, this video just raises more questions, four to start:

1. how do typical political rallies and causes exclude vast numbers of people who sometimes want to get more active in the political process?

2. should Stewart & Colbert ask their audiences to be more supportive of alternative media or particular citizen movements? why?

3. if watching these comedy shows can get people more political, can other popular tv shows do the reverse? which ones? how?

4. how are the Daily Show and Colbert Report examples of media education or media literacy and where else can people learn how to question the media or hold the media more accountable?

or if you like, pose your own question based on what you thought of the video or the rally.

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Comments

Nice cross-section of the public presented here - NOT! They're all privileged, middle-class liberals who accept the status quo.

Presenting John Stewart and Stephen Colbert as the champions of political "sanity" is ludicrous. Holding them up as a force for political change or even as trenchant critics of the news media is a Big Lie. 

They are as much a part of the media's disinformation and myth-mongering as the media they satirize. They are flacks for the criminal "Democratic" Party, the neoliberal worldview in general, and the Zionist view of Middle East politics in particular. They are especially destructive because they provide these middle-class cretins with an illusion of being well-informed and politically aware, even as they trudge to the voting booths to vote for the next war criminal to be their saviour.  

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