Due to continuing family stress, I haven’t written any posts for almost a year. It’s time for the Dragonmum to get back up on her soap box & get some of her opinions out there. Someone might even read them…
I think it’s SOO sad that two of the most insightful, intelligent people in the USA today are comedians!!! They probably understand the futility of attempting to influence the public via politics & the stupidity/naivete required for any sane person to even contemplate the ordeal of running for office.
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and
Stephen Cobert of The Colbert Report
shine their viciously satirical spotlights on the nonsense perpetrated on the American people by the media, the government, random scary politicians, crazed corporations, Sarah Palin, FOX News & other assorted nut jobs from both sides of the fence.
They’ve become influential enough to provoke responses from bimbo-laden Fox News and personal insults from the slimy likes of Glenn “twisted bizarre” Beck (GB) & Rush “diarrhea mouth” L. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Plenty of us sit around in our comfy living rooms whining about the ineffectiveness of the current political process & cringing in disbelief of the popularity of the likes of Sarah “I say what I’m told” Palin & the Tea Party extremists. The “just say no” Republicans block any positive moves Obama & the Democrats try to make. Unfortunately, at times, the Democrats are their own worst enemies. What do these rock-stupid gits care about? Obviously not the American people!!
When I see photos of children starving in the countries where we are fighting wars, I think of the children struggling here because we’re sending an unbelievable ridiculously immense amount of money & resources overseas with our military. What do we hear from Congress & the right-wing “smaller government” gonzos? Cut social programs, cut medical spending… blah blah blah. Do they have ANY idea of the proportion of our national budget going to help people versus the amount handed to the military/industrial complex on a platinum dish???? NO!!!
Ignorance is excusable in the absence of information or access to information. WILLFUL ignorance is UNEXCUSABLE!!!
Of course, none of these people think they are ignorant, stupid or incompetent or hateful. That’s pretty much the definition of all of those things. If you’ve ever wondered if you’re competent or have enough information, you aren’t any of those. I imagine these zombies sitting home in front of a wide-screen HD holy giver of knowledge absorbing propaganda, fear, & hate from sources such as GB & the Fox empty heads straight into the otherwise unfilled black holes masquerading as their brains. As if that weren’t enough, they are warned of the evil to be found on other sources, such as CNN, MSNBC &, of course, The Daily Show.
Many of these poor, mentally handicapped brain-washed victims never had a chance. They were brought up in homes where reasonableness and dialogue were discouraged. “Shut up and listen to me!” was probably a refrain heard over & over during their formative years, as well as suspicion of anything foreign or different, including “intellectuals” & anyone who could speak words containing more than 3 syllables. Fear of the unknown & hate of what they are told to or have learned to are common characteristics. Not that there haven’t been a lucky few who have escaped this dismal fate, but they may find themselves estranged by their families, who often think they’re gay.
These vulnerable souls will always exist. They breed, often more than more intelligent, reasonable folk. They are the other half of the bell curve, sheep easily led by robots who think they run the world. Robots who are manipulated by wolves – who are brilliant but only out for power & riches – the planet & human beings (except as existing to do the bidding of the wolf) be damned. Kind of like the evil super-villans versus the good superheros – only real. Our problem is, brilliant kind-hearted, reasonable people don’t have the same power & tools to make them an even match. We must out-think them & appeal to the compassion & goodness lurking inside most people. Also, if seeing the consequences of staying this current course frightens them, it may move them toward positive change. I don’t know. Denial is a strong force, but it isn’t evil. Evil exists, but total evil is rare. Hey, even Darth Vader turned back in the end!!
The purpose of Greek tragedies, fables, fairy tales & traditional stories of good versus evil has long been to caution people to think about their actions & anticipate the consequences. This is necessary because most people don’t think about the long-term effects of their behavior. Television & video games have subsumed time for reading & telling tales of foolish choices with tragic consequences, removing an important context in which people in the past have made decisions. So, now we are left with reporting of consequences, often without tracing back the string of poor choices leading to such & such disaster. If it bleeds or explodes or burns, it leads.
The brilliance of Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert is their ability, with humor, to point to current sorry-assed decisions being made & often, make clear the potential for something really awful to happen as a result. They are also able both to highlight bizarre & disproportionate responses to tragedies & to discern the root causes of often preventable events. Many of the books they thoughtfully promote concern these issues, too.
Too bad they’re usually “preaching to the choir”. However, as Fox news, along with hate/fear-mongering “pundits”, give more credence to Stewart & Colbert’s satirical barbs and thinly disguised criticism, they also give them power. HA! It’s irony of the highest extent: Fighting corporate hate & fear-inflaming media with Silly String & dancing hotdogs.
I don’t think they alone will change the world or bring enlightenment to the masses. I do believe they have, & are continuing to, sow seeds of doubt about “the party lines” in some less single-minded adherents, as well as encouraging their fans to spread reason (Jon), generosity & truthiness (just kidding) (Stephen ) & informed discourse.
Thank you, Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert & your wonderful writers & correspondents. The world is a better place for your brilliant comedy. Why do you think you keep raking in all those Emmys???
Addendum: Here is the text of a blog comment I posted on the NPR website in response to the issue of reasonableness:
A problem: Only 25-30% of people* abstract so they completely follow through logical arguments such as:
if A is true and if A is true then C is true &
A is true and B is true therefore C is true.
Usually the public fails to get to C, understanding current behaviors have future effects, which may reasonably be predicted through experience, examination of human behavior or underlying scientific principles.
In the past, societies had ways to help ordinary people understand effects of their choices. Greek tragedies, fables, fairy tales & traditional stories of good vs evil cautioned people to watch their actions & anticipate consequences. Today, television & electronic media have replaced most reading & telling tales of foolish choices with tragic endings, removing an important context in which people made decisions. We are left with media that reports consequences in a vacuum.
With humor, Stewart & Colbert’s function is trying to fill that space, pointing out dangerous right & left-wing decisions & root causes of preventable events & tragedies. They promote thoughtful books on these topics.
By wishing for reasonable consideration of issues, are they asking too much? Maybe. I’ll be at the rally to see!
*true, am psychiatrist
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 4:47:19 PM