The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory Paperback – August 26, 2013
by Jason Holt (Editor), William Irwin (Series Editor)
Savor moments of Zen like never before, with our Senior Philosophical Correspondents
The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy is revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century.
Features significant revisions and updates from the first 2007 edition
Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off, The Colbert Report
Reveals why and how The Daily Show is philosophically engaging and significant
Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality, and the American Way
Faces head on tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power
From the Back Cover
Does fake news give us the real story?
Is Jon Stewart a philosopher?
Can watching The Daily Show make you smarter?
Should The Daily Show play such a prominent role in our news culture?
Where does “Stephen Colbert” end and Stephen Colbert begin?
Looking for the real deal on “fake” news? Want to know how Jon Stewart stacks up against today’s brightest public intellectuals? Or how far down Stephen Colbert’s irony goes? Perhaps you’re curious about how The Daily Show hones your critical thinking skills against bad media, bullshit, and political spin. If so, good news, because here’s The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: revised, expanded, and updated to probe deeper than ever before the philosophical significance of the quintessential “fake” news show of the 21st century. The Daily Show is much more than hilarious faux news: along with its successful spin-off, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show’s surging popularity is claiming an increasingly significant role in contemporary American culture. What better way to plumb its comedic depths than with the razor-sharp, media-savvy minds of our Senior Philosophical Correspondents? With moments of Zen-like clarity, The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy represents the most philosophically astute observations regarding the premier American satirical news show available anywhere.
About the Author
Jason Holt is Associate Professor at Acadia University. He is author of Blindsight and the Nature of Consciousness, co-author of Flexibility: A Concise Guide, and editor of The Daily Show and Philosophy and a forthcoming anthology in philosophy of sport.
William Irwin is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles including Superman and Philosophy, Black Sabbath and Philosophy, and Spider-Man and Philosophy.
Paperback: 361 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 26, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds