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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Daily Show's site contains political satire in its fake "news" that's primarily geared toward adults. The humor -- although really, really smart -- is inappropriate for kids, especially if they aren't able to separate truth from fiction. There's swearing (bleeped out), sexual themes, and iffy situations. The site streams videos unedited from the popular cable TV show and allows people to post comments (which are mostly clean and stay on topic).
What's it about?
Blurring the line between comedy and journalism, the goal of THEDAILYSHOW.COM, like its TV counterpart, is to unearth the humor and absurdity in everyday current events. Viewers looking for the show's classic blend of political satire, edgy humor, and conversation-style interviews won't be disappointed. The easy-to-use time line grid allows you to browse through the video archives easily; and the News Team section has background information about past and present \"correspondents.\"
Is it any good?
The TV show has three segments: news by host Jon Stewart, skits featuring correspondents usually interviewing real-life public officials, and "celebrity" interviews with anyone from Sienna Miller to Allen Greenspan. The interviews are usually intellectually stimulating conversations spattered with lots of humor and are probably the most appropriate for young viewers; although they're sometimes the most serious.
The correspondents' segments will probably garner the most laughs but also have the most questionable material: frank discussions of sex and nudity (although it's not shown), crude language, and mature themes. Also, for teens, it may be difficult to tell what is deadpan humor and what is real. The show is sarcastic and although political views and newsworthy events are analyzed from multiple angles, tweens and young teens may struggle to understand many of the jokes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about political satire and how humor can be used to promote an agenda or idea. Is it sometimes difficult to distinguish a comedy skit from an actual news story? Does The Daily Show have a political agenda? Behind the comedy, is there real information you can obtain from these clips?
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