Saturday, August 8, 2015

If You Smell Something, Say Something.

Jon Stewart (and indeed the cast and crew of The Daily Show as a whole) is one of the great political satirists of all time. And unless you’re both ignorant to news and politics and have some kind of genetic defect that makes laughing physically painful, you’re already aware that Stewart ended his tenure as host of The Daily Show last night.
Jon made a career out of poking fun at politicians, executives, world leaders and people in power in general. And nobody was safe- while most on the Conservative Right thought of Stewart as a mouthpiece for the Liberal Left, it’s easy to find plenty of examples where Stewart took Democrats to task.
The world is full of bullshit. Politicians are corrupt. Elections are bought and sold like commodities. Wages have been stagnant for forty years, and the current generation is having a harder time moving into the middle class than any previous. Extremists want to kill everyone who doesn’t believe what they believe. Our most vulnerable people are still sick, homeless or hungry. It’s easy to become cold and jaded in the face of everything the state of our world has to offer.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart looked into that dark void and saw something funny. That’s because where bullshit exists, especially when it comes to people of great money or power or influence, it has to be not only pointed out, but ridiculed. To be shamed with comedy.
To be made a joke of.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart did this better than anyone else.
Now, it’s up to us. We have to take up the baton of satire. It’s our duty as humans to call out bullshit where we see it, to ridicule those who would try to pass it off as genuine and never, ever stop trying to make the world we live in a better place.
Thanks Jon, for showing us where bullshit lives, and equipping us to wipe it out. Pun intended.
This has been a reflection on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from an unapologetic smart-ass.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You Don't Even Want To Know What Garrison Keillor Looks Like

Have you noticed that when you listen to a radio personality for years and years, eventually you start to develop a picture of them in your head? Something in their voice influences the way your brain thinks they should look.

Ever notice how that image NEVER looks like the actual person?

I have. But that's because I imagine that all radio personalities are actually talking animals. For instance in my head Terry Gross, host of NPR's "Fresh Air", looks like an otter wearing glasses and a cardigan.

No, I don't know why. Yes, there are others. Yes, I plan to draw them.