There were signs, costumes, strollers (um, why would you bring babies?) and plenty of fear and sanity on the Mall today. This weekend is not the best time to tour the museums, but it IS lively. Halloween, political satirists and marathon runners make for a very crowded weekend in the District of Columbia.
In any case, I found myself in the madness that was the satirical rally centered around Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. Take a look at some of the unique signs, costumes and behavior.
I expected the rally to be just a spectacle, but I was surprised to hear some substance. Jon Stewart made some very astute comments about the rally, his intentions and about the media landscape that engulfs the 21st century. As a student of journalism, I agree with Stewart’s stance that pundits have completely eroded our idea of “news.” While the news values are still valid, “fear” should not be exaggerated. Let’s leave that to the marketers and salespeople. Here are some quotes from Mr. Stewart:
“I can’t change what people think this rally is about, I can only tell you my intentions.”
“When you amplify everything, you hear nothing.”
“Things are possible when we make reasonable compromises.
One last question: Where IS Waldo? Or rather, how many Waldo’s can YOU find?