By S. McClennen
America in accordance with Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy publish Sep 11 argues that, unlike the anti-intellectualism, the sensationalism, and the punditry that have a tendency to control such a lot mass media this day, Stephen Colbert's application bargains his viewers the chance to appreciate the context in which such a lot information is said and to be serious of it.
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62 Colbert’s performance had led to the creation of a new verb. org had posted the video and opened up a place for visitors to post. ”66 What is most interesting to note from the coverage of Colbert at the WHCA dinner, is that the discrepancy between coverage by the mainstream media and that of the alternative media led to a sense of empowerment for bloggers. Ironically, Colbert’s jabs at the media for their passive and non-confrontational coverage of the scandals linked to the Bush presidency led to an explosion of alternative media coverage that showed that the mainstream media was out of touch with a large segment of the population.
There were few laughs over the course of the speech and many present left the room unhappy. But, if we judge him based on the response to his speech from those not there, he was an extraordinary success. At one time, event coverage would have focused only on the audience response, since few would watch the speech on C-SPAN. ”72 Colbert’s performance changed the stakes; it changed the way that the public engaged with the event, because rather than wait to learn what the mainstream media reported, they accessed the speech themselves, read about it on blogs, and formed a wider range of responses, most of which were in no way contingent on mainstream media outlets for information and opinion.
And this was especially important in an era when those that should have been seeking facts and exposing truth, like the members of the WHCA, were not. Next Colbert referenced a number of the people present in the room: Jesse Jackson, Mayor Nagin, Justice Scalia, Senator John McCain, and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. His last bit focuses on the post of White House press secretary and how he would have liked to have gotten Tony Snow’s job. Scott McClellan had resigned only shortly before the dinner, giving Colbert a chance to make a silly audition video for the post of White House press secretary.
America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy by S. McClennen