Or, Against the Philosophy of the Daily Show
I'm going to have to come down on the side of seriousness here and this should not be a surprise as more than one has asked me why I can't post anything that is "happy".
I will own up to a love for much that is ridiculous; I tend to laugh out loud and explosively at a brilliant piece of physical comedy--the more contextually ridiculous the better.
However, comedy in the face of evil seems very misplaced. I stand against the ditherings of Jon Stewart in it's political "apoliticalness". He works to ease the pain of the evil, not dispute it, not counter it...but to make it funny. That laughter leads us to our doom.
I came to this conclusion after reading a brief preface to an 1896 book called "Transendentalism in New England: A History" wherein the author, O.B. Frothingham, says, "An unsound system requires as accurate a description and as severe an analysis as a sound one;...Error is not disarmed or disenchanted by caricature or neglect."
Satire will not save us--it's just a bit of sugar on that dollop of evil you've been offered.