Modern Day Idiocracy
It is very likely that students, like me, during odd hours after homework or class will go to their rooms and flip through television channels to watch something in order to not be bored. The Daily Show may or may not be one of my television series of choice. Whether you choose to watch the series for laughs, entertainment or news value, I feel like there is a certain audience that it targets that knows the news facts and doesn’t solely depend on Jon Stewart for international news. The comedic value that shows such as The Daily Show offers, does not interfere with real life news facts unlike Jason Zinser states in his essay, "The Good, The Bad, and The Daily Show", suggests. As a Republican, my dad raised me listening Rush Limbaugh’s biased harsh voice and Bill O’Reilly’s segment on Fox News. After becoming a well-informed adult who made my own decisions, I stopped listening to anything that Fox News had to say and focused more on CNN who seemed to be a reputable source of information. Even though CNN provides the best news, that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy my comedy news shows. I loved the segment with Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly on Comedy Central. It was a great form of entertainment filled with laughter and information with substance as well as finding out the truth. Debates such as that “rumble” between Stewart and O’Reilly, should be televised in place of The Daily Show because it had more substance and was still entertaining. Based on this, I support the statement made from Jason Zinser stating “Whether people tune in to be entertained, to be informed, or both, the fact is that The Daily Show shapes people’s perspective on the world” (366). Although CNN is not at the top of the charts channel wise, it serves as a reputable source for news information that fills the minds of individuals with useful information. Whereas, The Daily Show’s main purpose is humor, he does shed light on other...
Cited: Zinser, Jason. "The Good, The Bad, and The Daily Show." "They Say/I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing: With Readings. By Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel K. Durst. Norton, 2012. 366-367. Print.
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