Rachel Maddow Interviews Jon Stewart

It’s not clear how long this will stay on YouTube before it’s brought down, but it’s worth a look. Thoughtful and television don’t usually go together, but in this instance it did. Rachel Maddow interviews Jon Stewart:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to Rachel Maddow Interviews Jon Stewart

  1. Well that the labeling has gone so far is clear, when certain FOODS like arugula are “liberal”. About two weeks ago Charles Murry wrote this of what he calls the New Elite, that I think he labels as largely “liberal”:

    With geographical clustering goes cultural clustering. Get into a conversation about television with members of the New Elite, and they can probably talk about a few trendy shows–“Mad Men” now, “The Sopranos” a few years ago. But they haven’t any idea who replaced Bob Barker on “The Price Is Right.” They know who Oprah is, but they’ve never watched one of her shows from beginning to end.

    Talk to them about sports, and you may get an animated discussion of yoga, pilates, skiing or mountain biking, but they are unlikely to know who Jimmie Johnson is (the really famous Jimmie Johnson, not the former Dallas Cowboys coach), and the acronym MMA means nothing to them.

    They can talk about books endlessly, but they’ve never read a “Left Behind” novel (65 million copies sold) or a Harlequin romance (part of a genre with a core readership of 29 million Americans).

    They take interesting vacations and can tell you all about a great backpacking spot in the Sierra Nevada or an exquisite B&B overlooking Boothbay Harbor, but they wouldn’t be caught dead in an RV or on a cruise ship (unless it was a small one going to the Galapagos). They have never heard of Branson, Mo.

    I don’t think many people would fit this class exactly. I like Madmen, and I would and have been caught in an RV.

    • santitafarella says:

      I’m afraid I drop right smack into the Blue State elite stereotype that Murray describes, but I’m a middle class teacher. I’ve not only vacationed in the Sierras, I even used to work in the Sierras (as a 20 year old scooping ice cream and making pizzas for the “elite”). After work, I’d go hang out at the Ansel Adams Gallery and read the new-agey books there and listen to the Windham Hill music. I guess that makes me “elite.” Isn’t it funny that tons of people in the middle class can be considered populist if they display one set of tastes and an equivelent group of people suddenly becomes the elite if they show a different set of tastes? But is elite even meaningful without reference to money and power?

      And your arugula comment put me in mind of a video. I’ll see if I can find it.

      —Santi

  2. Ahh, Maddow and Stewart. The thinkers’ wet dreams…. 🙂

  3. andrewclunn says:

    I must say that Stweart impressed me here. Maddow came off as a close-minded twit, but Stewart was thoughtful and introspective.

    • santitafarella says:

      I liked Stewart recalibrating divisions (people with children and people without, etc). It’s so easy to divide people in Manichean ways (by religion, etc).

      —Santi

      • andrewclunn says:

        I liked how no matter how many time Maddow kept trying to insist that they were on the same side, he would shoot her down, saying that they largely agreed, but that didn’t make them on the same side. It’s ironic that people can be fully aware of a false dichotomy, and yet internalize it as reality. Glad to see that Stewart is conscious of his own biases. That says a lot about him as a person.

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