The Daily Show and Philosophy

  • by Jason Holt
  • Narrated by Jeff Preston
  • 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An entertaining and insightful examination of the Emmy-award winning American satirical news show, broadcast on Comedy Central in the US, and (in an edited edition) on More4 in the UK and CNN International around the world.

Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off show, The Colbert Report
Showcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality and the American Way
Highlights the razor sharp critical skills of Jon Stewart and his colleagues
Faces tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power head on


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Customer Reviews

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This jerk has never even SEEN daily show

What disappointed you about The Daily Show and Philosophy?

Every mention of the daily show is ripped right out of the DVD set for the indecision 2004 election set or the interviews Stewart and Clobert did on Fox that got posted on YouTube. I get the very distinct impression that the author stayed up one night taking notes and then wrote a book about the Socratic method while saying how it is VERY distantly related to the Daily Show. If you have seen the 04 set and the Fox interviews than there is no reason to read this book. most of the book is just saying over and over what the daily show is- meaning that if you have seen a 22 minute episode of the show than more than half of the book is redundant. There are no insights in this book- just a scant history of Socrates and some references to the show that you can find on Netflix. There is really- really no reason to read this.

Has The Daily Show and Philosophy turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have given the X and philosophy series several chances- they never seem to bring up much insights into the philosophy or the subject- Exception-- the Batman and philosophy had some good bits.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

How hard can it be to find a few jokes in the archives and talk about the things that Daily Show/Colbert have accomplished? A child could have done a better job- But even that might have been redundant since watching the Daily Show and seeing how Brilliant its contributors are is so very easy. They just wanted to suck some money out of my hands!

Any additional comments?

Go to the Comedy Central Website and enjoy the show for free- you will understand the show far better than if you read this book

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- Niall

Interesting book - weak narrator

Read this one in print. The narrator accents the wrong word in almost every sentence, sometimes multiple times in one sentence. It happens so often that it makes listening hard work and sucks the life and the intelligence out of the book.
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- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios