Friday, April 27, 2012

Pop Culture Literacy: Yet Another Reason To Promote The Liberal Arts

I probably should limit my Daily Show clips a bit more than I do, but in this clip Jon Stewart unwittingly makes the case for teaching mythology.  At about 2:10, Stewart uses Renaissance art and myth in a brilliant take down of Rupert Murdoch.

Cultural literacy is always a dicey argument, but I think it's safe to argue that any culturally literate American of the 21st Century should be aware of Stewart and the Daily Show.  If Stewart and his writers believe they can get a laugh from Zeus seducing (euphemism alert) Leda in the form of a swan, perhaps they expect their viewers to know at list a bit about the story.



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