posted on Sep, 12 2007 @ 08:22 PM
I think they are parodies. This does not, however, mean that they are not filling a great need.
I work with a lot (a LOT) of young adults, from 18 to 23 years old. Most of them are college students who don't have time, desire, need (in their
eyes) to follow news or politics. But when I ask them what they thought of the latest report on Colbert or Stewart, they are full of opinions! And
have a greater knowledge of current events than they give themselves credit for.
I have used these shows as a starting point for much of the research I do on current events. And I have bought numerous books because of the guest
authors these guys have interviewed. So, while I take all the "news" I get from these shows with a grain of salt, I take very seriously their
contribution toward raising awareness of current events.
And, I think Colbert is hot.