Comedian Jon Stewart – who yesterday was announced as the most influential man of 2010 – is now crusading to restore sanity in the US. The so-called “Rally to Restore Sanity” is scheduled to take place on the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday. Stewart is expecting more than 100.000 americans to participate at his rally.
“What does the journalists of the 21st century have to know about listening to the crowd? And how can he or she break through the information overload to reach the public?”
Paley Center for Media
Jon Stewart is seeking to reintroduce the concept of playing nice with his upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity. Rather than the name-calling and anger that seems to increase with every political season, Stewart is asking everyone to take it down a notch with a meeting of opposing views coming together in “respectful disagreement”. Basically it’s the reintroduction of playground rules – always play nice, no name-calling, no yelling, and when it’s all done shake hands and go home on friendly terms.
The Rally, which will take place on October 30 in Washington DC, is calling for “the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler,” to come together and discuss the issues that truly impact our lives (minus the political discord).
“The only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler.”
Also a satellite rally also will take place in Los Angeles.
However, the details on the event are limited, Associated Press and Matt Friedman reports:
More influential Than Obama
On Wednesday, Mr. Stewart was announced as the most influential man of 2010.
The award is based on a poll conducted by AskMen.com with half a million readers voting, along with the staff of the magazine.
The host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” rise to the top of the list this year, amongst 49 other prominent men from politics, sports, entertainment, technology and philanthropy.
On the following placed on the most-influential-list are; Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Steve Jobs and artist Kanye West, according to Reuters.
“The “Daily Show” is our youths’ most trusted source of information and its host the most trusted man in America,” AskMen.com says in a statement.
When it comes to the US President, Mr. Barack Obama only reach place number 21 on the list.
The President is said to be guest at the “Daily Show” tonight. Thursday.
Other notables included James Franco (No. 7), Jay-Z (No. 13), George Clooney (No. 18), designer-turned-director Tom Ford (No. 23), Eminem (No. 24), Ben Affleck (No. 25), Zach Galifianakis (No. 29), Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa (No. 30), Justin Timberlake (No. 33), Hugh Jackman (No. 36), Christopher Nolan (No. 40), Leonardo DiCaprio (No. 43), former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater (No. 48) and comedian Russell Brand (No. 49).
“These are the men history will remember as having defined 2010,” according to AskMen.
Good For Democracy?
Stewart’s fellow Comedy Central late-night host, Stephen Colbert, came in at number 11.
Stewart and Colbert was named as the “real winners” of last years presidential election in the US, after their intensive coverage of the candidate’s campaigns.
Several surveys confirm that the majority of young Americans gets their news and general information, mainly, from the “Daily Show”.
Gone are the days when the Brahmins of the news industry dictate what the audience should know.
This was the topic of a debate at ForaTV earlier this year.
“The loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard.”
Ira Glass with the National Public Radio (NPR) argues that the program, while good satire, is a poor substitute for actual, in-depth news coverage.
Journalists Rachel Davis Mersey and Ted Anthony defends the “Daily Show”.
Rachel Davis Mersey is an assistant professor of journalism at the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ted Anthony is Assistant Managing Editor for The Associated Press.
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Please, Give This Man An Award!