Jon Stewart's Rant on the Varietals of Bullshit
Watch this helpful segment from the final episode here.
Bullshit is everywhere.
There is very little you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullshit--not all of it bad.
General day-to-day free range bullshit is often necessary, or at least innocuous.
Oh, what a beautiful baby. I'm sure he'll grow into that head.
That kind of bullshit in many ways provides important social contract fertilizers and keeps people from make each other cry all day.
But then there's the more pernicious bullshit, your premeditated institutional bullshit designed to obscure and distract.
Designed by whom?
The bullshit talkers.
Comes in three basic flavors, one, making bad things sound like good things.
Organic all-natural cupcakes. Because factory-made sugar oatmeal balls doesn't sell.
Patriot Act, because are you scared enough to let me look at all your phone records act, doesn't sell.
Whenever something is titled freedom, fairness, family, health, and America, take a good long sniff. Chances are it's been manufactured in a facilitate that may contain traces of bullshit.
Number two, the second way, hiding the bad things under mountains of bullshit.
Complexity-- you know, I would love to download Drizzy's latest Meek Mill diss. Everyone promised me that that made sense.
But I'm not really interested right now in reading Tolstoy's iTunes agreement, so I'll just click "agree" even if it grants Apple 'prima noctae' with my spouse.
Here's another one-- simply put, simply put, banks shouldn't be able to bet your pension money on red.
Bullshitly put, it's-- hey, this! Dodd Frank.
Hey, a handful of billionaires can't buy our elections, right?
Of course, not, they can only pour unlimited anonymous cash into 501-c4 if 50% is devoted to issue Education otherwise they'd have to 501-C6 it or funnel it openly through a non-campaign coordinating SuperPac if-- "I think they're asleep now. We can sneak out."
And finally, it's the bullshit of infinite possibility.
These bullshitters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry. We can't do anything because we don't yet know everything.
We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage vaccines won't cause our children to marry goats who are going to come for our guns.
Now, the good news is this-- bullshitters have gotten pretty lazy, and their work is easily detected.
And looking for it is a pleasant way to pass the time like an "I spy" of bullshit. So, I say to you tonight friends the best defense against bullshit is vigilance.
So if you smell something, say something.