Monday, September 27, 2004

the daily show really IS a good news source

according to this article, daily show viewers know more about the presidential race than the viewers of any other news/comedy show. or whatever. it's an awesome story (link courtesy of christina).

and speaking of the daily show, i picked up their book on america on friday and have been flipping through it over the weekend. it's laid out like a middle school textbook, only, y' know, goofy and wrong. :) so far my favorite bits are samantha bee's "do you mind if i tell you how we do it in canada?" info-boxes. very educational!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I must get myself one of these books! (MIke)

wordnerdy said...

i thought of you every time i came to a box about canada! they're really funny (to this american, anyway).

Anonymous said...

haha, well that's the part of your review that totally sold me on the book.

Anthony Miccio said...

not to be a prat, but the revelation that Daily Show fans tend to be smarter about politics doesn't mean that the Daily Show is a good news source. It's probably that Daily Show fans are more likely to read articles and stay aware through other mediums as well. While I think John Stewart is the shit I get scared when people say they get all their news from the Daily Show. Smart or not, they should be learning more about what's going on than what a 30-minute comedy show with a famous guest can tell them.

wordnerdy said...

anthony, i obviously wasn't trying to make some big political statement--i was commenting on a news article that amused me and that related to a book i'd just bought.

i made exactly the same point you did--that maybe more-educated/politically-aware viewers are attracted to the daily show, b/c it's less stupid than most other shows--two days ago on the inksandwich forums.