By Lisa Rogak
Due to the fact his arrival on the day-by-day exhibit in 1999, Jon Stewart has turn into one of many significant avid gamers in comedy in addition to essentially the most major liberal voices within the media. In indignant Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his not likely upward push to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing to be up in New Jersey, via his years as a suffering standup comedian in ny, and directly to the short-lived yet acclaimed The Jon Stewart exhibit. and he or she charts his humbling string of near-misses—passed over instead for exhibits hosted by way of Conan O'Brien, Tom Snyder, or even the fictitious Larry Sanders—before touchdown on a 30 minutes comedy convey that on the time was once nonetheless discovering its footing amidst roiling inner drama.
Once there, Stewart remodeled The day-by-day exhibit into some of the most influential information courses on tv this present day. Drawing on interviews with present and previous colleagues, Rogak finds how issues work—and occasionally don't work—behind the scenes on the day-by-day convey, led by way of Jon Stewart, a comic who has come to wield marvelous energy in American politics.
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Extra info for Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart
He's certainly not a naive Utopian. He's not saying that you might actually reach this stage and know full well that you had reached it. If you read Williams's later works - Towards 2000, for example, or The Fight For Manod - then you will scarcely take him for a starry-eyed optimist or Utopian denier of the real-world constraints on human freedom. And a fair indication of this is his nuanced account of determination as a matter of 'limits' and 'pressures'. But what he's trying to do in his entry on 'aesthetic' is explain how art, the production and appreciation of art, can suggest the possibility Keywords, Ideology and Critical Theory 29 of communication at a level beyond that of the narrow means/ends instrumental rationality which he saw dominating late capitalism.
Williams, Towards 2000, pp. 264-265. 39. Williams, 'Desire', in What I Came To Say, p. 33. 40. , p. 33. 41. Williams, 'Utopia and Science Fiction', p. 205. 1 Keywords, Ideology and Critical Theory Christopher Norris Christopher Norris's introductory talk was improvised for the occasion and then transcribed from tape. It appears now with minimal editing and with no attempt to respect the conventions of standard scholarly address. It is hoped that this will come closest to conveying a sense of those issues around Williams's work that Norris laid out as a suggested starting-point for further discussion at the conference.
Both of them involve the idea of something beyond the de facto, pragmatic, currently existing state of agreement. In other words, he's very far from being a pragmatist of the sort most familiar nowadays from the writings of Richard Rorty. 10 But he also makes the very clear distinction, a Kantian distinction, between de facto consensus - perhaps the result of all kinds of social conditioning and pressures to conform - and the idea of consensus as something achieved through democratic debate, through genuine participant dialogue and discussion.