Colbert on Conceptual Art

“The Gates” have forced Stephen Colbert to recontextualize his notion of what $21 million can be used for.

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Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

8 thoughts on “Colbert on Conceptual Art”

  1. Loved it, 99, I ordered it in year before last from the States on dvd as well and have screened it to students and friends many times. My favourite quip (among many) is his Hindenburg line. I was roaring. :D

  2. Okay, I just realized I linked you to the entire thing. There are some good spots in the first 50 minutes, but Stephen Colbert doesn’t get up there until somewhere in the middle of minute 51. If you haven’t seen it, it’ll blow your mind. What a man.

  3. I can’t ever pick my absolute favorite, but that one was way up there. I’m darn partial to “He believes on Wednesday exactly what he believed on Monday, no matter what happened on Tuesday.” And his greeting to Scalia! Oh, heck, the whole thing. It should be playing in an endless loop at the Smithsonian!

    I’m so very glad to hear you shared it with your students.

    Viva a better world!

  4. Since I have access to youtube, watching the comedy central movies is one of my favorite pass time. These guys seem to be the only true journalists on a major network.

  5. Exactly, Homey, there’s often more substantive political content in the program you mentioned than on the major “news” networks.

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