Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at be...
|Scooped by Stephen|
For four long years, America has been under the crushing heels of Comrad Obama. We have been in a financial crisis for 4 years and he has done nothing to fix it, besides the several bills that he has passed in order to try and fix it. He has also exposed us to Obamacare, a socialistic creation of his that is entirely his. Except for the other countries that have a similair health plan that works well for them. He has consistantly sucked away our freedom by giving more freedom to other groups. What Obummer clearly does not understand is that there is simply not enough freedom to go around. Once you start giving freedom to other groups we lose the freedom to mock those groups for not having that freedom. Thankfully Stephen Colbert, our faithful news reporter, is here to take us back on the right track. Reminding us that Corporations are people (16), to drill baby drill (116) and American's are exceptional simply because we believe we are exceptional.
First of, let me apologize for the lack of in-text examples in this scoop-it. Stephen Colbert's character is a widely known one that has appeared in all sorts of media in addition to this book. So, to better understand his character I look at all of his appearances. These range from: his two books, his show, the whitehouse correspondants dinner, and interviews both in and out of character. In addition to this, the book is a satire and therefore I have to look at exactly what it is satirizing. Therefore, I have to examine how the media handles news in the present. I have to look at all of the pundits Stephen Colbert basses his character on. Mainly, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, and Bill O'Reily, who Stephen claims is the biggest inspiration for his character, but he does remind us that he is emulating Bill O'Reily as opposed to immitating him. The difference is simple, "Imitation is when you copy someone and then pay them. Emulating is when you copy someone and you don't" (Colbert on O'Reily Factor). The other factor I have to look at is opinions and theories about what we as humans are thinking right now. It is extremely hard to quote Colbert for that because his character, supposively is to idiotic to realize this. I could just limit myself to the context of the book, but that would be like symbolically lowering my I.Q. I have more of a knowledge of Stephen Colbert's character because I know all of this and if I did not use the full extent of this knowledge, I would cheat the reader of this cite to a better understanding of Stephen Colbert's character and it could ultimately hurt their enjoyment of the story. That being said, I very much enjoyed this book. It was a clever look at not only how the media gives the crazies so much attention, it also demonstrates to us Conservative hypocracy. The People who say they want to involve America, but not certain groups of it (11). Colbert also uses a quote to justify his opinions, "Any man using the words of another is an unthinking Parasite worhty of contempt and death" (25). He also remains oblivious to his own actions. Another staple of this book is that Stephen supposively interviews extreme stereotypes that agree with what he thinks. For example, a wall street executive who pushes everypenny that he can get. Even if it is a small gain. (103-105). Overall, it is a very funny read. It is a little biased and if your conservative, you probably wouldn't like it. You don't necessarily need to be a Colbert fan to get the joke, but you do have to pay attention to the news to understand it. So, if you interested in current events and want something to laugh at check it out.