13 January 2012
Has Anyone Else Given Up on The Daily Show?
Over the past year I have been lucky enough to live with a wonderful person, unrelated to her wonderfulness, she also gets cable and has a dvr.
One of my guilty pleasures over the past year has been watching Jon Stewart's The Daily Show.
I enjoy the anger, sarcasim, etc. as well as Stewart's sense of humor.
Over the past month or so I have found the show becoming almost unwatchable. This is mostly due to the coverage of the Republican primaries. I don't dispute that the collection of candidates (as well as our current president from the other party) make for some amusing moments with their idiocy and ability to ignore what politics is "really about". My problem is largely that The Daily Show writers seem to have forgotten that a world exists outside of the Republican party. The Daily Republican Party might be a more appropriate title for the show over the past 30 or so days.
Of course Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and my personal hero Ron Paul*cough* (as far as contemporary American politicians go), deserve criticism and coverage of their idiocy but enough is enough, and a couple minutes a day is enough!
Essentially by spending all of the show on Republican politicians (even in a critical light) the writers of The Daily Show are sending the message that these politicians, and the broken process of pseudo democracy that exists in this country are worth devoting more time to than anything else (including the ongoing collapse of capitalism, and the occupy movement) currently happening in the US or world.
I have made this same argument about spending too much academic energy on critiquing some of the lesser points of Neoclassical economics, too much energy spent in the critique validates the existence of the object. Are these people really worth covering? The US political system is broken. If we spend to much time on these clowns it will only encourage them.
This then is a call to The Daily Show: Stop making these bourgeois idiots feel important by devoting all of your time to them! I would love to start watching again.