Monday, September 17, 2007

Philosophy Is A Joke

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – According to one philosopher, Socrates has nothing on the fake news funnyman Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News (Wiley-Blackwell), includes essays by 19 prominent philosophers, and according to editor Jason Holt, Stewart’s fake-news phenomenon is taking the ancient art to hilarious new heights.

Holt says the show is a highbrow hit not just because of its humor, but because it takes some academic awareness as well.

He says, “It’s funny, sure, but there’s a deeper significance. Viewers have to do a little thinking themselves.”

In fact, Holt – a philosophy professor at Acadia University in Canada – says despite his Socrates skills, he’d rather leave the small-screen social skewering to an entertainer like Stewart.

He says, “I couldn’t do the same job, I’m not a comedian.”

Still, Holt welcomes a satirical smackdown from Stewart.

He says, “I would consider it a great honor if they would make fun of the book on the show.”

The Daily Show and Philosophy hits shelves this Thursday (Sept. 20).

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