Stewart annihilates Boing Boing!

You so do not want to know what Jon Stewart did to us last night. [, NSFW]


    1. I don’t want to know what sick work environments y’all have where it’s acceptable behavior to watch actual eviscerations of human beings. What is this, “Saw VII”?

  1. i’ll admit, when i watched the “evisceration” clip, it was a bit of a let down. i thought it would to be much worse.

  2. I’m pretty sure the typed word “skullf#@ks” is SFW… now if there was an actually video clip of John Stewart physically fucking the skull of the blogosphere (?) that would be another story…

  3. It appears that blogs are reverting to the tried and true yellow journalism from the olden days of traditional journalism. Boingboing is no exception…

  4. This is all part of some lame trend to bowlderize everything people write and say about political opponents. Oh no, Cory used hyperbole in a headline. Aa aaa, Xeni had an opinion of her very own.

    Milquetoast cookiepusses.

    I want to see “castration”, used as headline flavor text on a regular basis. As in:

    Jon Stewart calls for castrating others, self

    1. “milquetoast cookiepussies”

      I swear I saw a porno advert somewhere with that phrase. Probably next to the crudely-looped gif of Jon Stewart spanking the back of a skull’s brain pan as he had his tawdry way with the eye sockets.

  5. And sleze, while many others have whined before you over how the Boingers choose to express themselves, since your post came in such a timely fashion, hereby I dub you the internet’s first castration troll.

    You heard it here first.

  6. Hey, if it’s not a soundbite, it’s not news. And ta to jessemoya for leaving a non-Hulu link for those of us outside the States.

  7. I am honored, Yamara.

    But is there even a “best practices” for the blogosphere. The best I can come up with is the Code of Ethics at the Society of Professional Journalists –

    I think this is the practice that Boingboing has run afoul of from time to time:

    “Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.”

    But are bloggers journalists or not? Should they hold themselves to these standards?

  8. Pretty much agree with him about the hyperbolic nuttyness of a lot of blog headlines. You go in expecting hammer and tongs with blood splashed on the ceiling and you get pecked to death by ducks.

  9. Ah, I see, it’s time for a blogger ethics panel. Sorry, sleze, quote whatever guidelines you’d like, chapter and verse, journalists of every media and outlet have violated them for centuries, and will again. Reportage does not follow some kind of Newtonian law, it is and always has been subject to human influence. The New Yorker manages to contain effete criticism, Seymour Hirsch exclusives, and a wide range of fiction, poetry and arid cartoons; somehow the mix itself is never called into question. Local TV news nightly tantalizes with upcoming stories of ‘things in your home that can kill you’, for 25 minutes, just to keep you tuned in for a PSA about ammonia. But Cory Doctorow goes from studying things shaped like bananas (for fun), to defending his position in the copyfight (for serious) and blogs must be dismissed as unable to meet elusive “standards”.

    Handy that blogs have a space for castration trolls to post. Must be less ethical than those other realer journalists who don’t take feedback (or that can choose which feedback to publish). Take The Daily News or The New York Post. For decades they have made headlines from mangled, malicious puns of every common word, and most proper nouns, in the English language. And yet they are consider serious sources of news, a clear cut above the National Enquirers of the world.

    These papers must be encountered by Jon Stewart on a regular basis, which brings us back to the points he raised in “The Blogs Must Be Crazy”…


    It’s as though –despite all this exposure to press hyperbole in the New York Metro area alone– Jon reads these commonplace blog headlines as if they were some mysterious object that fell out of a clear blue sky… like, an empty Coke bottle would look to someone who had never seen one before, say… uh… a !Kung bushman in the Kalahari Desert.

    So Jon Stewart– this innocent, primitive tribesman (and likable protagonist)– takes these never-before-seen words like “eviscerate” and “destroy”– and shows them to his tribe, the writers and producers hunting and gathering near the studio hut somewhere in the wilds of midtown 11th Avenue.

    Remember, their site has no open links from the outside world– so they have no idea how the wider internet operates. The simpler culture at The Daily Show has taboos: proscribed limits to what and how hyperbole can be used. They have no understanding of word-constructs like sports metaphors that the developed world takes for granted– so these new words are taken literally! And as such, they are very violent and dangerous words indeed!

    And so the tribe decides that Jon has to carry away these words and throw them back into the internet from whence they came. And, to come up with a suitably clever headline pun to show those crazy blogs how headlines are supposed to work.

    (Jon, some First World pro tips: 1. Tossing your laptop into Ground Zero will not really work. 2. New York City has special recycling days for electronics. You can find out when on the… oh. On some Bloomberg station.)


    Aw, but I’d only tease the man, not eviscerate him! Where would we be without his gut-busting humor, his side-splitting jokes, killing his audience every night with his razor-sharp barbs?

    But most importantly? We can always trust Jon Stewart to have the clarity to take on the most deserving issues of the day, and never make it about himself.


    We’ll be right back.

  10. It’s true, though, and you know it. And the number of blogs that passed on the “eviscerate” meme means that it’s not only hyperbolic, but in most cases stunningly unoriginal.

    And, in general, the hyperbole results in the cocktail party phenomenon, where the level of background noise rises as everyone tries to talk over the sound of the others until everyone’s practically deafened.

  11. I like more colorful and expressive language. Maybe english is just becoming a little more interesting, or maybe we’re just getting to see how interesting it can be.

    Blueelm to milquetoast speech enthusiasts: YOU’RE ALL PUSSIES!!!! More to follow…


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