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Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?

From my point of view, comedy is a tool that relieves people of their daily stress and all the work and hard life. They had a whole day of news, controversial issues, and politics; therefore, when they come home, they need time to just laugh and relax without thinking about their complicated lives.

Often times, a comedy can mock an individual or group and create satire, because those are some of the things that make us laugh out loud. However, Jon Stewart has taken a step further. Unlike plain mocking/ridiculing/criticizing comedians like Steve Colbert, Jon Stewart actually tries to bring truth in to the news and controversial issues such as the elections. He does this very well because he doesn’t take any sides. He is neither a Democrat nor a Republican; he is neither pro-Obama nor pro-McCain. This ambivalence provides truth that many one-sided comedians and major news/ broadcast companies cannot bring to the general public. For instance, we see Fox endorsing the Republicans and openly criticizing the Democratic views. On the other side, NBC tends to be more Democratic. This bias is not what people of today want. This is what Jon Stewart and his Daily Show tries to solve; their purpose is not only to give laughter to the people, but also provide a sense of truth and objectivity in political, economical, and social issues around the world and in the United States.

It is this mixture of comedy and truth that viewers really enjoy. I think that Stewart calls himself a comedian because, as I have said before, comedians make people laugh, which is exactly what Stewart does. Jon Stewart’s main purpose of his daily shows is to relieve people from the “morning cup of sadness (the biased media).” In short, he wants to bring happiness to viewers. Happiness is his ultimate goal and motive, and in doing so, he has recently added some truth in politics that sparked more popularity among the people.

New Words: Indecision 2000, Straight Talk Express, “cherry-picking”, M*A*S*H, “Catch-22”, “morning cup of sadness”, “Mess O’Potamia”, “BADvertising”, Gitmo, Buster Keaton, Orwellian manipulations, “CNN’s Crossfire”, “It’s 3 A.M.”

*This video is one of many videos (Daily Show) of Jon Stewart on Comedy Central.

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Life is Short-Journal #3

LIFE IS SHORT | Autobiography as Haiku-Sunday, July 15, 2007; Page D01

“Upon arriving at the gym after an hour’s drive, I find the first available steel-backed fold-up chair to park myself in for the next four hours. My daughter has already taken 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and 250 milligrams of acetaminophen in preparation for the pain she will feel after practice. The thought that it might be wrong for my 13-year-old to take painkillers to participate in a sport she loves stays with me. Most of us watching dream of the same thing: a shot at the Olympics or a college scholarship. Most of us will simply spend a small fortune on the sport of women’s gymnastics and wait for the day our daughters decide to do something else.”

One of many young gymnasts around the world like Keng's daughter

-Pearl Keng

I clearly felt that this autobiography was the best one. This article portrays the pain and suffering that a gymnast and the parent (mother) has to go through. From the beginning to the end, the author uses a lot of details and numbers to give a sense of clear meaning. For example, she tells us that she sat at a “steel-backed fold-up chair” and also cites her daughter’s drug and amount of consumption. Her word choice was used to create a sense of pain in watching her daughter do gymnastics. Instead of using words ushc as “I waited” or “I watched” she use phrases like “park myself” to display a meanign of frustration and emphasize the extent of her waiting. From the exact and precise descriptions, we can get a picture of the pain and suffering that both the daughter and the mother has been going through. The feelings reflected modern-day paretns, because we see many of them worry about their children’s future and most of them have the sense of frustration like the author of this biography. Finally, she organized it in a way that kept the readers wanting to read more to find why the daughter has to eat painkillers, and what the daughter is doing to make her mother feel frustrated. The author does not tell that her daughter wants to be an Olympic gymnast from the first sentence; instead she starts out vague and ends with a clear statement about her feelings.

New Words: ibuprofen, acetaminophen

Pills that Keng's daughter takes everyday before doing gymnastics

Pills that Keng's daughter takes everyday before doing gymnastics

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GM soybeans

GM soybeans

Piracy can often be advantageous for its victims. Although it is illegal and morally wrong, piracy has shown to benefit firms in social, technological, and agricultural ways. For example, because of piracy, media companies have easier access to statistics. While losing money on selling tracks, firms have an idea of how to approach the people and make more profit. Furthermore, because of piracy, more people have access to a particular product such as the Microsoft software. This can provide a firm with benefit because they are essentially controlling more share of an industry and increase their popularity. Piracy can also benefit agriculturally. Brazil demonstrates this. In Brazil, many farmers illegally pirated GM soybeans. Currently, due to piracy, major percentage of soybean production comes from GM engineering system.

Peer-to-peer systems paved a way fro people to access and approach the media much easily. Before, many people were hesitant about whether a movie was good or bad; often times, they would not view the movie because of bad reviews or rumors. However, due to sharing, this concept has changed. Because it’s cheap and convenient, consumers feel at ease with approaching movies, games, and much more. In short, piracy created a revolution where mass media became more popular.

New Things: GM (genetically modified), Bathing Ape (Nigo)

Illustrated by Claudio Munoz

Illustrated by Claudio Munoz

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