Extra Extra: Comedy is Cruel

Comedy knows no loyalty. It feeds on the weak. It plunders the wealthy. Anything is fodder for laughter. Satire is even more callous. It stings and burns. So when The New York Times (the paper I love) received a request from The Daily Show to have Jason Jones “report” on the newspaper, bells, whistles, sirens, and shrill wails should have been heard. No matter how liberal The Daily Show is, it is first and foremost a comedy show. Even the seemingly most tame wild beast will turn on you and eat you when it’s hungry (Just ask Siegfried and Roy, above). This segment (below) called “End Times” is hilariously biting at the expense of a great newspaper and its staff. Comedy is so cruel.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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