|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Even Better Than the Real Thing|
From The Daily Show comes a biting, brilliant takedown of media nostalgia tripe. You don't usually see media criticism this good on television, so this is especially worth highlighting.
Nostalgia forms a major part of our politics. Maybe that's a sign of decline or maybe it's human nature.
Either way nostalgia is endemic, and not just among right-wing pundits. Listen to a baby boomer talk about the '60s or an alt-culture veteran talk about the scene's glory days and you'll see what I mean.
While their certainly are declines and ascents in society, art and any other damn thing under the sun, nostalgia's almost always a distortion. It's also one that's particularly damaging when we're trying to find a way forward into an uncertain future. Better to confront the reality of history and grapple with the complex story in its whole, rather than mythologize the parts of it most convenient to us.
It's a damn funny bit, too.