Monday, October 11, 2010

Recommended Reading

In a few short weeks, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hit the nation's capital for their dueling rallies, and while the whole thing may have started out as a really elaborate way of taking the piss out of Glenn Beck, the event's Facebook page at least seems to anticipate a pretty big turnout of folks for whom the central message of "Take it down a notch" is resonating.  The question then becomes one of whether Team Stewart, through this very elaborate act of performance art, will so blur the line between parody and parodied that they risk sacrificing their roles as sideline commentators and instead make themselves the message. Marty Kaplan asks the same thing and offers some observations.

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