I just finished watching an episode of Daily Show and I’m continually shocked about how much better they do at telling the news than anything else on television. At first I used to say, “It’s great they could be so profound despite being humorous.” Now, I’m beginning to wonder if they can be profound because they are so funny. I wonder if a person has to understand issues more deeply and work harder at being analytical when creating satire or critique other media. I also wonder if humor humanizes. In other words, this guy on the show was a man who supported the use of torture. However, they engaged in a heated and yet respectful dialogue.
It’s not simply a “John’s a Democrat” issue. (Actually, I’m a left-leaning Libertarian, if for no other reason than for the alliteration alone) I can’t stand Michael Moore or Al Franken. Then again, I don’t find them to be funny. Both men are like Rush Limbaugh in the pundit, insult your enemy, never critique both sides kind of way.
It makes me think of the classroom. I used to believe that humor was a filler. I thought it was a waste of time, but necessary only to reach a culture obsessed with entertainment. Now, however, I realize that humor is an intregal part of help students to think analytically and creatively.
So, the following episode is the one I watched: