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Good Night Jon Stewart
My original reply was in haste. I never should have given this flamer the attention. My apologies to all for this. No the first waste of a thread on this site.
Jon's final words to share with you.
He makes sense on the 'Types & varieties of bullshit' I agree, but many people have been saying the same things for decades. If Mr Stewart had been a cab driver or a store manager or . . anything else.. would you have been so engrossed in these same opinions if he told you in an elevator? or in the subway? Probably not, the 'entertainment' circus makes 'stars' not life changing words of wisdom!
If you haven't seen Stewart's show, what qualifies your criticisms? Uninformed opinions?
Perhaps there is a little bit of that in the best of all of us.
Though I haven't seen this mans TV shows here in England, it has become apparent to me that he has a cult following. It is part of the hype of the entertainment media to exaggerate the influence of such as Jon Stewart. No doubt his vast audience took to heart his 'sincerity' and his proclamations, but at the end, when all is over & the final credits have rolled, it is just mass media entertainment, nothing more!
So was Walter Cronkite and Martin Luther King Jr. They used mass media to project a message. Perhaps your PM is nothing more than an entertainer by your view. And I'M cynical!
Patrick, I am usually on the same page with you but I can tell you Jon Stewart was a legend. He wasn't perfect but he was perfect at opening penetrating discussions on some of the most important issues that we have faced over the last 16 year. We all look forward to discovering what he decides to do next.
My point is that the job of the entertainment media is to bolster and emphasise the people it puts out in such slots as his. I have no doubt that he sincerely held his views and ideals, I have also little doubt that he would have been equally devoted to his own ideals if he were not a TV celebrity, BUT it is TV that has given him his platform and his rise in popularity. So, as his popularity has risen so has his 'Cult' status. Sometimes when this happens too much emphasis & importance is put onto his words, particularly his finale.
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