I like the Jon Stewart I see on the television. He seems like a very intelligent, witty man with a social conscience and a fair amount of courage. I've had a couple of problems with some of his work. And he did let the network walk back his having called Harry Truman a war criminal for dropping two atomic bombs and thereby killing 250,000 people (mostly civilians). But the occasionally inappropriate humour is unavoidable when you're doing a nightly comedy program about current events. And it's not as if Jon Stewart caving-in to pressure helped Harry Truman escape justice or prevented his quarter-of-a-million victims from coming back to life.
But lately, I've been feeling that Jon Stewart is just going through the motions. (He's been working really hard to appear so, but that's just an indication of how talented he is.) Because, shouldn't all the devastating satire of "The Daily Show" have, you know, devastated something by now?
Perhaps it's always been this way. If "The Daily Show" had been mocking Nixon in the 1970s, things wouldn't have been any different. But the thing is, there wasn't a "Daily Show" in the 1970s. There is now, and people laugh, and it's cathartic, but then, well, ... nothing.
Ha-ha-ha! We're all being lied to, exploited, spied on, and there's no accountability for ruling class criminals! Ha-ha-ha-ha!
Maybe I'm "seeing" only those things that fits my (generally negative) view of the world. But isn't it odd that Obama is cooking-up a war (of sorts) against nuclear-armed Russia, and nobody is even bothering to protest? Or harper has completely LIED his way into getting Canada involved in combat in Iraq and nobody is really moved to do even their usual token protesting?
Are we all at the stage Jon Stewart is at? That speaking truth to power, five days a week, year after year hasn't really changed anything so why bother going through the motions?