I'm going to write an article on the trends towards mixing politics with humor and entertainment and want some feedback from y'all.
So, here's what we know. 20% of young people say that the Daily Show is their primary source of information about politics. Politicians know this and show up for any and all abuse on that show and Colbert. Young people who watch the Daily Show think that they are informed about politics, but they aren't. Jon Stewart doesn't think that people should be watching his show for political information. The audience for these Comedy Central shows increases as the audience for daily newspapers shrinks.
This trend towards entertainment politics also applies to Internet content. I just did a study of the political videos on YouTube in October 2008. Although bloggers attempted to keep things serious with lots of links to serious political content on YouTube and other video sources, the videos that were most popular with the viewers were clips of the Daily Show, interviews with celebrities about their views of politics, and mean montage videos that highlighted verbal and facial tics along with a soundtrack.
Some say that these videos brings in the border-line politically interested. Others say that this is one step closer to an Idiocracy.
What do you think?