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Fast Forward: MEDIA's Person Of The Year, Stephen Colbert - New York, NY, USA - The March issue of MEDIA magazine marks the third year in which we have selected a Person of the Year, and at first glance, Stephen Colbert might seem an odd choice. In truth, we thought long and hard before settling on Colbert. In the past we chose people - iGod Steve Jobs in 2006, and inconvenient-truth teller Al Gore in 2007 - whom we believed had the greatest overall impact on the world of media during the preceding 12 months. This year, we are picking Colbert for what he symbolizes: The pseudo nature of modern media's mash-up, faux culture, and perhaps more significantly, how it shapes our actual culture.

We're not saying Colbert hasn't had a tangible impact. It's just that it has been in a subtler way than that of our other leading poy candidates - power shifters like Rupert Murdoch, Facebook dweeb-in-chief Mark Zuckerberg, or the Googleplextuplets of Brin, Page and Schmidt - who moved big pieces around the media chessboard. Instead, Colbert moved us. He moved us to laugh. And he moved us to think. And in so doing, succeeded where countless other political satirists failed. And he did it during what arguably has been a time in which potent political poking was needed more than ever. He did it by playing the part so well that it has often been difficult to know exactly which side he is poking.

Take a recent episode in which Colbert lambasted the apparent lunacy of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul by highlighting an outtake from a recent debate in which Paul rationally challenged the moral, ethical and strategic missteps that led the U.S. into the war in Iraq. To illustrate the logic of Paul's comments, Colbert dredged up ancient, "archival" footage of similar Paul rants, such as whether the world was indeed flat. Paul, incidentally, was also a runner-up for Media's Person of the Year, if for no better reason than how he utilized the Internet for a grassroots campaign that offset the traditional media clout of his GOP rivals. Paul may have been an also-ran among mainstream journalists, in the polls and primaries, but he has consistently been No. 1 in Google's search index, indicating there is a profound curiosity about the candidate that isn't being met by the general media.
Source : Originally Published - New York, NY, USA, Mar 4, 2008
Celebrities : Stephen Colbert
Categories : Talk Show Hosts, TV Personalities, Comedian News, Celebrity News
Posted 3/4/2008 12:03:33 AM | Permalink
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