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The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have attracted much interest in recent years from popular audiences as well as scholars in various disciplines. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been named on Time magazine's list of the most influential people in the world. The ten essays in this interdisciplinary collection explore the issues engendered by t ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by McFarland & Company
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It was more on the academic side. I read it with a gap between the first two chapters and the rest of the book which kind of took away from the experience but that's on me. I liked part two because it was a little easier to understand. I'd like to see an updated version address issues like diversity or stuff that made people kind of more critical of these two shows, although the last chapter did a good job of covering how Stewart, at least, wanted to have his cake and eat it too.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of the only books out there that is truly dedicated to "The Daily Show" (TDS) and "The Colbert Report" (TCS). This book takes a scholarly look at these two shows and if they contributed to the decline of political discourse (pg 4). The book is broken down into 2 major parts, each with 5 essays. The book is well organized and the preface & introduction really help the reader understand where this book is going to take them.

Since this book is taking a much more scholarly approach t
Peter Mcloughlin
For a book about humorous TV shows the academic jargon made it feel like I was reading a collection of Phd. dissertations that were written in obscure opaque language. The few articles of interest claimed the show might be breeding cynicism and turning young people away from engagement in politics. Another essay compared Stewart and Colbert to court jesters in old European and Asian monarchies as the only commentators not beholden to power because no one in power takes the seriously and that the ...more
Robert Campbell
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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While dealing with an inherently interesting and entertaining topic, the introduction and the essays in the first half of this book will perhaps prove to be a bit too scientific (dry, lifeless, objective) for the taste of many readers who would otherwise be attracted to this work. The essays in the second half are more speculative and theoretical, and therefore much more compelling, intriguing, and enjoyable to read. This is especially the case with Julia Fox's analysis of Stewart and Colbert wi ...more
Linda Benedict
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Supplemental communications textbook.
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very interesting from an academic perspective, but would have preferred less technical language and more human analysis/commentary.
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