Arguably the biggest news facing our nation right now is the government shutdown. With a plethora of articles, slideshows, and videos attempting to explain what exactly is going on in the United States right now, it’s difficult to understand exactly what’s happening. Yet, as research from Pew studies have shown, an increasing number of young Americans turn to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, as a source of news.
The eve before the government shutdown on October 1, 2013 Jon Stewart released an episode entitled, “Rockin’ Shutdown Eve.” The episode sparked immediate reactions from both parties due to Stewart’s aggressive attitude toward the situation. Throughout the episode, he targeted the republicans and their actions during the time leading up to the shutdown.
The episode is, in my opinion, an excellent example of modern journalism. After I watched the episode, I realized why so many youth today turn to his show for a source of news. Stewart embeds various platforms into his argument in a way that is easy to follow and makes sense. While he uses humor and has a bias, watching his arguments are entertaining and educational. As long as the viewer recognizes that there is a bias present on his show, what he says is still relevant. He is able to appeal to a wider audience than other news sources because he mixes professional lingo with everyday references.
While this particular episode of The Daily Show goes beyond what is most people’s idea of “professional journalism,” it helps to predict the direction that media is headed in the future. There will always be a need for good reporting, multiple sources, and a solid argument; what’s changing, however, is the areas of journalism journalists can select from as well as the techniques used to present an argument.