Tuesday, September 13, 2005

God Bless Jon Stewart

As you surely know by now, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is doing a week of shows about evolution.

My reaction was rather more favorable than P.Z. Myers' take. I thought a lot of the humor was very funny, especially Stewart's opening piece about the history of the controversy. I thought the finch with the corkscrew beak was funny, as was the giraffe spitting fire, and the schematic depiction of various creation myths. And the mere fact that a media organization is doing a series of segments on this subject that is unambiguously pro-evolution is definitely cause for delight.

But what I really liked ws the simple fact that Stewart and co. managed to the entire segment without uttering a single scientific howler. Why is it that The Daily Show is able to give a reasonably accurate overview of this subject when countless mainstream newspapers and magazines get even the most basic aspects of it wrong?

10 Comments:

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Bob Davis said...

Jon Stewart is funny. I like the Daily Show. Giraffes with claw feet spitting fire! Evolution is good fun.

A Modest Experiment

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger PZ Myers said...

That's a good point -- he didn't screw up! Isn't it sad, though, how our expectations of the media have dropped so low that we rely on a comedy show for insightful news, and are thrilled by the fact that they didn't say anything stupid?

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger LiberPaul said...

PZ,

Yes it is sad. The Daily Show is probably the most informative news show out there. They actually report on how they (our gov etc) are screwing us. And hell, it's funny too. The show also aims to more of a high-brow demographic than mainstream news (liberal elites, some would call them)

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger Jason said...

PZ-

What liberpaul said. It's pretty pathetic that two most consistently insightful and informative (and funny) shows out there are The Daily Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. You have to turn to comedians for sensible commentary these days.

Alas, part two of The Daily Show's series was not as strong as the first. Oh well.

 
At 7:56 AM, Anonymous JPD said...

"God bless Jon Stewart"? Isn't that a bit like "God bless richard Dawkins"? IMO, I think Jon would appreciate more a "F**K Yeah!" Good F**king Job!".

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Jason said...

jpd-

Irony is wasted on you. :)

 
At 9:34 AM, Blogger Bob Davis said...

It's pretty pathetic that two most consistently insightful and informative (and funny) shows out there are The Daily Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. You have to turn to comedians for sensible commentary these days.

Actually, it has always been thus. The court jester of yore walked a fine line - see King Lear, where the Fool dies in the end for telling truth to power.

And from Wikipedia, "King James employed a famous jester called Archibald Armstrong. During his lifetime Armstrong was given great honours at court. He was eventually thrown out of the King's employment when he over-reached himself and insulted too many influential people" Politics never changes.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Jay said...

So, Dembski likes to play word games? Check out the first comment on his september 13th blog entry, "What will happen to ID?"

Hint: only read the capitalized letters.

http://www.uncommondescent.com/index.php/archives/326#comments

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it, help me out.

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daily Show > The Colbert Report

hehehehe

 

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