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The Uncertain Legacy of Jon Stewart

Today will mark the last time Jon Stewart hosts The Daily Show. This provides plenty of opportunities for reflection – in the past decade, Stewart has appeared prominently in discussions about public discourse, comedy, irony, and a contemporary political sphere driven by the media and online social networking. For this blog, in particular, we could ask the obvious question: has Stewart been serving all these years as one of our predominant public intellectuals? I think the obvious answer to this is yes, especially as I’m particularly unimpressed by artificial boundaries and rules (and exceptions to rules) that are often posited Read more