Miscellaneous Travis Hite on 26 Oct 2007 07:31 am
You may remember the lawsuit that nearly brought down YouTube. Viacom threatened legal action against YouTube if they did not take down all content owned by Viacom. YouTube took giant strides to meet these needs, and today YouTube is a bastion of legality. In fact, they are going beyond content screening, and are now using Antipiracy Video Identification Software to ensure this problem never happens again.
It’s been a while, but Viacom has recently posted thousands of clips from The Daily Show on the website, easily navigable by time and content. It’s a strong move by Viacom, and shows they are willing to give users what they want. Of course, it’s chock full of advertisement, but the adverts are loaded into the back of the clips and are not as annoying as one might think.
To celebrate, I want to share with you my favorite Daily Show clip of all time. Jon Stewart is not known for having a dramatic flair, and he is not acting in this clip. If he is, he deserves…well, another Emmy. Still, his emotion in this video is pretty authentic. The clip features a very shaken Jon Stewart telling his audience why the show must go on, and what it means to him. It is extremely powerful, and a rare moment of total seriousness for the show. Perhaps it is due to this juxtaposition that every time I have ever watched this clip, I have been moved. His statements are just as powerful today as they were when I first saw it six years ago. This clip is the definition of what it means to be free. This includes the freedom to say what we want to say, and most importantly, the freedom to laugh about it.
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