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Posts Tagged ‘Jon Stewart’

And Now, Your Weekly Video Miscellany

If you’re reading this, you probably survived the storm, and all the hand-wringing that lead up to it. They say the advertising industry is full of heart-bleedy liberals, but all sorts of political views were put aside to help the recovery along – which is fantastic. I for one am a little bit proud of everyone who came together, even if it was just loaning out wifi to neighbors whose Time Warner Cable service was down. That’s the neighborly thing to do – and as a thanks, we’re being neighborly with the good-video-sharing. That is to say, here’s some clips to finish off your day, and the long week that lead you here.

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5. Where Jon Stewart points out some obvious skullduggery played by Bullshit Mountain News, where an avalanche (the election) rocked the mineral formation to its spurious core this week, in such a way that you are forced to take pity on the arbiters of the “Republican” story.

4. John Lewis has here a holiday commercial you may take interest in. Here, a snowman treks a long while in order to, well, something. The narrative is rich and the payoff sweet, like a perfect holiday truffle wrapped in pretty gold foil. Enjoy this tidbit before some client thing sucks what remains of your hapless soul.

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SXSWi Keynote Recap: Baratunde Thurston

In a full exhibition room with thousands in attendance, humorist and author Baratunde Thurston took the stage for SXSWi’s most highly publicized keynote speech. Thurston, best known for this work as the web editor of satiric newspaper The Onion, has recently been touring the country in support of his new critically acclaimed “self-help” book, How to Be Black.

Thurston began his keynote speech simply by saying, “I am a very social dude.” He then went into his own personal history, as well as that of his grandmother (who was the first black person to work in the Supreme Court Building) and his mother (whose own social networks changed when she found herself marching alongside the Black Liberation Army). Thurston joked that, while many other children probably began reading See Spot Run, his first book was This is Apartheid. It was through talking about his political upbringing that he transitioned into his talk of “sacred clowns,” comedians who fight for free speech through clever humor.

In the current data age we live in, Thurston argued, “change is constant.” So, when institutions like government bodies and companies fail to lead the average person to a wise resolution, who do we have left? Thurston praised “sacred clowns” like Bassem Youseff, an Egyptian cardiologist who eventually became known as his country’s equivalent to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, the writers of the Wazobia Report, Nigeria’s version of the Onion, and the creators of Parazit, a brave satirical show in Iran that the government has attempted to shut down by forcibly removing citizens’ satellite dishes.”This is about freedom,” Thurston remarked, and ended his speech to thunderous applause.

Moral/Ethical Question: Are Advertisers Responsible, in Part, for Big Media Craziness?

This weekend, I went to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, because it promised to be awesome if only for the signs. And despite leaving at 6am only to get there halfway through (thanks, MapQuest) it was still worth the trip. Infotainment, as you all well know, is the only way to get a message into Americans’ brains anymore. And besides, 3 million people can’t be wrong (can they?) about the need for some chillage on the media front.

Cutting to the chase, Jon Stewart gave the final remarks, setting his sights directly on the forehead of 24-hour media. David Carr summarized the message by noting, “(Stewart’s) barrage against the news media Saturday stemmed from the fact that, on this day, attacking the message would have been bad manners, so he stuck with the messengers,” because ultimately ¬†they seeks to gain the most from irresponsible messaging (even if they don’t see it that way*).

Or is it? Certainly, the 24-hour news channels are capable of grabbing eyeballs (about 5 million on a given night, says Carr). But as we all know, as the eyes go away, so do the advertisers. And in the case of all-day-news, there are tons ofresponsiblebrands supporting them. So, what if the advertisers went away first?

Typically, brands won’t leave unless something big happens. But if Stewart and Colbert were successful at anything Saturday, it was showing just how screwed up the situation is – we just don’t notice it until they puts things in perspective with a knock-down-punch-out montage of screamy craziness.

Asking brands to pass over the 24-hour news media for media buys is naive, at best, because these channels offer unprecedented accuracy in demographic breakdowns. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that (as Stewart points out), it isn’t just the media who are to blame. We have only ourselves to blame, and when it comes to redirecting our attention, the remote control is our only tool.

*The irony in this post is not lost on me.

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