Multimedia Musings

by Christopher J. Spurlock

Restoring Sanity

As you may or may not have heard, Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” has decided to put on a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He’s calling the event The Rally to Restore Sanity, and he’s said the rally is aimed at those “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. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.”

In recent months, there has been an outbreak of absurdly extreme dialog within the political discussion, and this rally is Stewart’s attempt to “take it down a notch, for America.” He’s trying to speak not to the 20 percent of the population on the extreme right and left, but to that middle 80 percent of Americans who “shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat.”

After hearing about this rally and really giving some thought to the idea that we need to take it down a notch, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Are we responsible? Have we, as the media, been encouraging this ridiculous name-calling and childish banter?”

I have my own answer to that question (which I’ll post later), but what about you? What do you think?

Go forth, and discuss!

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