Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Truthiness to Power

Want to see Stephen Colbert roast the President? Click here.

Double your pleasure? Good God, this is the scariest thing I've ever seen!


Anonymous Nate said...

Makes Stewart's takedown of Crossfire/Tucker Carlson seem like a warmup, an internet sensation in its own right. And I thought it was touching when Jon said, "We've never been prouder of him." Like it's his boy or something.

I've never been prouder of the level of satire in this country. For all the bemoaning about the degraded state of pop-culture and what not, we're living in a time of uber-healthy irreverence to power, with a lot of talent across the board: The South Park boys, The Onion, JibJab, The Daily Show and its various spawn, and more serious documentaries like Why We Fight. If I here any "elders" lament, say, the glory days of SNL in the 70's when there was a sense of anything goes, I roll my eyes and tell him/her to look around.

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Nate said...

If I hear any elders. HEAR.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

That is actually an extremely fine point, Nate. Satire, in my opinion, is one of the highest forms of intellectual discourse because to pull it off you have to be both funny and intelligent, but also have a certain degree of subtle, dry, razor-sharp timeliness. Very, very hard to do, or at least do well.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

I also liked what we were talking about over e-mail--that, in your words, "He never, never breaks character. It sounds like he bombed, and he DID, but that was not the audience he was playing to. He was playing to US."

I like that point. Sure, he bombed in that room, but he scored huge on millions of TVs and computers around the nation and I dare say, the world.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

The Edward R. Murrow of our day. Nice.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Reacher said...

I love Colbert and his brand of satire. But, I have to say, I didn't find it very funny. Not for ideological reasons, I just thought the writing was weak.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Nate said...

You are wrong, Reacher. Wrong, I say. It was funny. This makes me right. And this makes you, my friend, very very wrong. Your very wrongness saddens me.

This is just my opinion, though, and in America we are free to disagree.

For now.

10:35 AM  

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