He didn't even laugh at me!
We just finished watching the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on Comedy Central.
I told the DH that I was kind of in love with Jon Stewart for what he'd just done/said.
Yes, I expect it was an excellent advertising gimmick.
And tomorrow or even tonight, I expect we'll hear a great deal about how many people were watching (or are belatedly watching it online or as a rebroadcast).
But it was grand and funny and a kind reminder to folks to pause in the rampant "The Sky is Falling" antics/panic.
I first heard about this event via a Cafe Press e-mail offering "Restore Sanity"/"Keep Fear Alive" t-shirts (Yep - marketing and souvenir sales...).
My initial response to the Cafe Press ad was a confused look/ "What the ???" - but I tracked it down and was not too surprised to see Stewart/Colbert were up to something interesting.
I do enjoy watching both "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" - although I don't get to watch as often as I'd like.
When I do get to watch, I find them intelligent, charming, ironic, fun, clever, silly, sane/insane, respectful-or-not, but always thought-provoking.
And...their shows can be an educational opportunity.
As was today's pundit/comedic Rally.
I say "Well Done" to Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert!!
"Well Done" to all the people who performed, wrote, created, supported, and pulled off this larger-scale reminder that:
- It's not all bad news
- It's not all news-worthy
- Generalizations/Stereotypes work best in humor or fiction and not necessarily in real life
- Humor can help people pause in learned-loathing habits to possibly reconsider/grow
- We do need to vote/be aware/be responsible
- Irony can be sweet or sour
- "Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves - for we shall never cease to be amused".
Tuesday is election day.
You may think that a single vote doesn't count...
but they're All single votes - and they add up.