A couple of centuries ago playwright John Gay caused somewhat of an uproar with his Beggar’s Opera, a thinly-veiled satire about the social inequities of the time.
Fast-forward to last Saturday night, where Stephen Colbert‘s star-making turn was to publicly criticize the President of the United States and the assembled White House Press Corps to their faces on live television.
It was a gutsy move and a relentless attack on American Government and media, and if there was ever a reason to learn how to use BitTorrent, this is it.
I watched my copy of the video as soon as it finished downloading, and what struck me most was that it seemed equal parts comedy and activism—I guess when society moves so far to the right we bleeding-heart liberal-types have to move as far in the other direction.
There are already reports that big media is turning a blind eye to Colbert’s performance—it certainly wasn’t anywhere on my local news station. Maybe this is the future of comedy, to take a cue from terrorism and hit people where they live with the ugly truth.
And with that, I give you this…