Synopses & Reviews
Does fake news give us the real story?
Is Jon Stewart a philosopher?
Can watching The Daily Show make you smarter?
Should The Daily Show play such a prominent role in our news culture?
Where does "Stephen Colbert" end and Stephen Colbert begin?
Looking for the real deal on “fake” news? Want to know how Jon Stewart stacks up against today’s brightest public intellectuals? Or how far down Stephen Colbert’s irony goes? Perhaps you’re curious about how The Daily Show hones your critical thinking skills against bad media, bullshit, and political spin. If so, good news, because here’s The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century. The Daily Show is much more than hilarious faux news: along with its successful spin-off, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show’s surging popularity is claiming an increasingly significant role in contemporary American culture. What better way to plumb its comedic depths than with the razor-sharp, media-savvy minds of our Senior Philosophical Correspondents? With moments of Zen-like clarity, The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy represents the most philosophically astute observations regarding the premier American satirical news show available anywhere.
Savor moments of Zen like never before, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents
The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy is revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century.
- Features significant revisions and updates from the first 2007 edition
- Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report
- Reveals why and how The Daily Show is philosophically engaging and significant
- Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality, and the American Way
- Faces head on tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power
About the Author
is Associate Professor at Acadia University. He is author of Blindsight and the Nature of Consciousness
, co-author of Flexibility: A Concise Guide
, and editor of The Daily Show and Philosophy
and a forthcoming anthology in philosophy of sport.
William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Superman and Philosophy, Black Sabbath and Philosophy, and Spider-Man and Philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Wiley-Blackwell’s World Philosophy Headquarters in Malden 1
Segment 1 Headlines: Faux News Is Good News 5
1 Rallying Against the Conflictinator: Jon Stewart, Neil Postman, and Entertainment Bias 7
Gerald J. Erion
2 The Fake, the False, and the Fictional: The Daily Show as News Source 23
3 The Daily Show: An Ethos for the Fifth Estate 38
4 Seriously Funny: Mockery as a Political Weapon 56
5 Keeping It (Hyper) Real: Anchoring in the Age of Fake News 69
Segment 2 Live Report: Jon Stewart (Not Mill) as Philosopher, Sort of 83
6 Jon Stewart: The New and Improved Public Intellectual 85
7 Stewart and Socrates: Speaking Truth to Power 102
8 Jon the Cynic: Dog Philosophy 101 114
9 “Jews! Camera 3”: How Jon Stewart Echoes Martin Buber 125
Joseph A. Edelheit
Segment 3 Field Report: Politics and Critical Thinking 137
10 More Bullshit: Political Spin and the PR-ization of Media 139
Kimberly Blessing and Joseph Marren
11 The Senior Black Correspondent: Saying What Needs to Be Said 155
John Scott Gray
12 The Daily Show’s Exposé of Political Rhetoric 167
Liam P. Dempsey
13 The Daily Show Way: Critical Thinking, Civic Discourse, and Postmodern Consciousness 181
Segment 4 Interview: Religion and Culture 197
14 GOP Almighty: When God Tells Me (and My Opponents) to Run for President 199
Roberto Sirvent and Neil Baker
15 Profaning the Sacred: The Challenge of Religious Diversity in “This Week in God” 211
Matthew S. LoPresti
16 Jon Stewart and the Fictional War on Christmas 231
David Kyle Johnson
17 Evolution, Schmevolution: Jon Stewart and the Culture Wars 247
Segment 5 Your Moment of Zen: Beyond The Daily Show 265
18 America (The Book): Textbook Parody and Democratic Theory 267
19 A Tea Party for Me the People: The Living Revolution Meets the Originalists 281
20 Neologization à la Stewart and Colbert 298
21 Irrationality and “Gut” Reasoning: Two Kinds of Truthiness 309
Amber L. Griffioen
22 Thank God It’s Stephen Colbert! The Rally to Restore Irony on The Colbert Report 326
Kevin S. Decker
Senior Philosophical Correspondents 341