So media mega-giant Viacom is allowing Comedy Central to launch a new web site for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart that will provide free access to video clips covering the entire output of the show since it began in 1999.
Our good friends at the UMBC ebiquity blog make some keen observations on this development, notably that this is a “response to the presence of many Stewart clips on Youtube and the related $1B copyright-infringement suit.” Both the lawsuit and Viacom’s bold move to provide this content free-of-charge (apparently confident they can support the web site through advertisements) are a testament to the impact “fake news” shows such as the Daily Show are having on our popular culture.
The LA Times reports:
“The database is searchable by both date and topic, making it a potential bonanza for students of American pop culture. If you want to see what host Jon Stewart has had to say about former First Lady Barbara Bush or ill-fated Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, you can find the clips and put them in context by seeing what else was featured on the same day.
Going forward, however, Comedy Central plans to tap into the collective intelligence of its fans by allowing them to contribute to the process, a la Wikipedia, the user-created Internet encyclopedia.”
Check out the culture bonanza here: The Daily Show Videos 1999 to Now.
John Stewart explains Social (In)Security: