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America Again

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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...
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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.

 

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Cheng Hann's comment, May 28, 2013 10:16 AM
Likely the only other book I would like out of these, nice choice
Michaela's comment, June 6, 2013 4:18 PM
I can really tell how into the book you got. Good job on thoroughly describing it to the readers. Colbert fans would be proud!
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Life of Brian (1979) Trailer

Life of Brian (1979) Trailer Directed by Terry Jones Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Brian is bo...
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"He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy."

This is Monty Python's third theatrical release. In this film, Brian (Grahm Chapman), a common israelian, is mistaken for Jesus Christ. He tries to get his followers to leave him alone, but the followers, desperate for guidance in tough times, do not leave him alone. His supporters grow, due to his unintentional wisdom. The followers proclaim Brian as the messiah. This naturally makes the Romans suspicious and they ponder what to do with him. During this time, hilarity ensues.

 

 Now I don't want to spoil too many jokes, because that may ruin what is considered to be not only one of the funniest movies, but one of the best satires of all time. First of, this was a major bust at the box office, because of Christians being angry at Monty Python for lampooning Jesus. This does not seem to be accurate to the film. Jesus is only shown once throughout the entire film and Brian, the supposed parody of Jesus, is portrayed sympathetically. He's not the brightest tool in the shed, but he is not stupid and is clearly one of the smarter characters in the movie. He normally works as the straight man to the other Pythons antics. Chapman is clearly one of the best straight men of all time. At his normal tone, he sounds confident and articulate, which gives creedance to the followers believing he is the son of God. However, his voice quickly becomes high pitched and whinny, when faced with adversity. This contributes to the two themes of the film and where Colbert and Python's teachings match: people can build up a normal man to a high position of power despite him not deserving it and that mankind believe's their way is better simply because it's they're way of doing things. For example, Stephen Colbert's character believes that, "America is Exceptional because of our Greatness and the source of all that Greatness is how Exceptional we are." (Colbert 13). He also believes that it is his duty to "overthrow" the "Kenyan, Muslim, Socialist, Homo-sexual, time traveling Martian" (5), but he gives no reason why Obama is any of those things. The citizens of Israel parralel this. They constantly believe that they are better than the Romans despite no evidence to this statement. In fact, at one point a Israelite asks, "What have the Romans ever done for us?" This is then followed by many examples of the Romans helping the Israelites, which is ultimately dismissed, proving that his beef is not because of the Roman's policies, but that his group was not in charge. To show the other theme, I have to first examine both protagonists. Brian is a young idealistic man searching for guidance. He is whiny and unsure of himself and yet still manages to be the voice of reason at points. Ultimately, he seems to be a person who needs quidance, and while intelligent, clearly prefers to be more of a follower and yet the people build him up as a god despite no signs of it being true. One Israelite claims that Brian gave him sight only for him to walk in to a hole clearly showing the contrary, but inspite of that, he is loved by his "followers" and is feared by the Romans clearly depicting how an average man can become so powerful. Colbert on the otherhand is clearly an idiot. For example, he believes that unions are made by people who can't handle an "honest 185-hour work week" (28) and finding fault with calling $7.25 dollars per hour minimum. He reasons this by stating, "I can think of a lot of wages lower than that-$6.11...$5.24....$2.43...and others"(30), but despite that he does have a lot of popularity. Why? It is never actually discussed because that would be out of character, but it can be assumed that he is put on a pedestal by corporations, who give him money (85) and by followers, who are dumb enough to believe him, as well as people who are just facinated by the fact that someone this dumb can exist. Clearly, demonstrating fame and fortune to a man, who does not deserve it

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Michaela's comment, June 6, 2013 4:19 PM
Interesting video that really connects to your book choice. Well done in finding a source and creating a tile that well displays the theme.
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May 23, 2013 - Morgan Freeman

May 23, 2013 - Morgan Freeman | America Again | Scoop.it
The Obama administration prosecutes dangerous potheads and journalists, Jason Jones measures conservative reactions to IRS profiling, and Morgan Freeman waxes scientific.
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The Daily Show stars Jon Stewart and his cast of Correspondants. Together, they tackle the news one joke at a time. They succeed at not only getting a laugh, but making us question our politics.This particular episode that I've highlighted shows Jon Stewart criticizing Obama for his lack of priorities in his administration.

 

Now, You may wonder why, in this summary, I did not write the summarry while in character. It is because Jon Stewart does not play a character in his show. Much like in Life of Brian, Jon Stewart is portrayed as smart and an idealist, who is more depressed about the direction his country is going. He concludes that the only way of dealing with this is to make jokes in order to keep one's mind of it. In other words, he is himself. The crazy ones are his correspondents and the politicians and journalists that he sees on the news. He exposes flaws more directly than Colbert, who is more sarcastic. This also gives him more freedom to criticize Democrats for policies he finds questionable despite being left-leaning. No that I've gotten over there differences I will examine their similarities. Both are parodies of polititicians and the media, who give attention to crazy people who boast ratings, but then lose their integrity as reporters in the process. They both have fake news personalities and their jokes revolve around how their respected hosts feel about a certain subject.

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Michaela's comment, June 6, 2013 4:20 PM
Very funny video that really connected to the book! Makes me really interested in reading it.
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Dispatches from the Tenth Circle

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Dispatches from the Tenth Circle is chock-full of the most hilarious stories ever to appear in The Onion, and every page in the book is d...
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This is a collection of the Onion's hardhitting news articles that tells you mouth-dropping discoveries, such as: a Enormous Bra being found (Smigel, 23). It also tells us historical U.S. achievements in the realm of  foreign policy with Bill Clinton's historical meeting with......That Guy (27) and still gives us major dilemas on a more personal level. Specifically, A man's girlfriend won't watch apocalypse now (7). How tragic.

 

Like Colbert, this is a news parody. I really could just end it there, but there is more. It also paradies the new's desire to remain relevant to a modern public, who get most of their news from the internet. Therefore they interview everyone about everything in a desperate attempt to get ratings. They treat obviously insignificant finds like they are a big deal and are more interested in finding people who are crazy and interesting as oppose to people who are actually smart and have good opinions on what is going on as well as clever solutions. Stephen Colbert's character can be the considered the personification of this. He is idiotic and clearly doesn't know what he is talking about, but he is also very entertaining to watch because of this. His outbursts and radical statements give him other media attention and this gives him more viewers. This saves the news, but at the sake of its integrity. Like Colbert, most of it's humor comes from its extreme characters and their opinions. Some of the jokes do seem similair. Their is one article where they interview a drunk (135) parrallels the last chapter in Colbert's book where he also get's drunk (230).

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Michaela's comment, June 6, 2013 4:21 PM
Very cool stories! Though some are interesting (to say the least) you did a very good job finding credible sources that link perfectly to the book.