Friday, September 24, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

A very exciting announcement was made Thursday, September 16th that I'm sure many of you have heard about: Jon Stewart will be hosting a "Rally to Restore Sanity" Saturday, October 30th! Stewart calls for a return to moderation and sanity in politics amid what he believes is a level of media sensationalism that merely fuels the divide between "conservative" and "liberal" America. One of his arguments involves the pervasiveness of 24-hour news channels whom fill their many hours with dramatic, grab-the-viewer speakers, stories, and antics contributing to continued polarization of the country. Stewart believes that most of us are sane and reasonable and we should demonstrate that our numbers are greater than the extremely polarized ones frequently portrayed in and sometimes dominating the media.

So, who should go to this rally? Here are Stewart's words from last Thursday night's show:

"You may be asking yourself, right now, sitting at home, but am I the right type of person to go to this rally. The fact that you would even stop to ask yourself that question, as opposed to just, let's say, jumping up, grabbing the nearest stack of burnable holy books, strapping on a diaper and just pointing your car toward D.C. — that means I think you might just be right for it."

Stewart's new book, Earth (the Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race, was just released on Tuesday - it's "Coming Soon" in the catalog and you can place a hold on it today. While you wait, try some of our, perhaps less humorous, but interesting books on the role of the media in politics and American lives - a few of which are listed below.

And, don't forget Stewart's arch-nemesis, Stephen Colbert, is having his counter-rally on the exact same day, at the same time and place: the March to Keep Fear Alive.


The Kingmakers: How the Media Threatens Our Security and Our Democracy

The New Blue Media: How Michael Moore,, Jon Stewart and Company Are Transforming Progressive Politics

The Opinion Makers: An Insider Exposes the Truth Behind the Polls

Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen
Colbert's very amusing graphic novel - a continuation on the story from his "unpublished novel."


A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!


tim snead said...

I'm going! And that proves I'm sane!

Ragged Robin said...

Wooohoo! You're right - I cannot think of anyone saner! :)