Monday, November 29, 2010


In class we always compare the critical in postmodernism with The Daily Show and the ontological with the Colbert Report. The differentiating factor between critical and ontological is that the disruptive can inhabit what it is parodying. THe critical is merely reactive. Colbert embodies the stereotyped right wing nut and sometimes even takes it to a farther extent. One of my favorite segments he does is with his gun "sweetness." It is inhabiting paranoid gun owners. However the razor line that these ontological critique-ers must walk is marked by people thinking they are actually being serious. In this interview Colbert says that he says things he doesn't believe and that it is a character, but numerous group of conservatives mark him as a leader or important figure. It is a little ironic that they are putting something nonexistent on their pedestal.

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