Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak

By Lisa Rogak

Because his arrival on the day-by-day express in 1999, Jon Stewart has turn into one of many significant avid gamers in comedy in addition to probably the most major liberal voices within the media. In indignant Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his not likely upward push to stardom. She follows him from his early days becoming up in New Jersey, via his years as a suffering standup comedian in manhattan, and directly to the short-lived yet acclaimed The Jon Stewart convey. and she or he charts his humbling string of near-misses—passed over as a substitute for indicates hosted by way of Conan O'Brien, Tom Snyder, or even the fictitious Larry Sanders—before touchdown on a 30 minutes comedy express that on the time used to be nonetheless discovering its footing amidst roiling inner drama.

Once there, Stewart remodeled The day-by-day express into probably the most influential information courses on tv this present day. Drawing on interviews with present and previous colleagues, Rogak finds how issues work—and occasionally don't work—behind the scenes on the day-by-day exhibit, led by means of Jon Stewart, a comic who has come to wield exceptional strength in American politics.

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Their chief goal, the highest possible productivity of work, and the means to achieve it by increased division of labour and disciplining the body of a worker, contradicts the Marxist ideal of creating a full, balanced personality by nonalienated work. Although Taylor was of an opinion that the workers should benefit from the fruits of their work and achieve more than the minimum wage if they were efficient, he did not believe that pay should rise in the same proportion as output; smaller increments would force the worker to remain ambitious (Maier 1970: 31) and allow the capitalist to amass and reinvest his wealth.

Frederick F. Taylor and Henry Ford are regarded as its twentieth-century pillars. HOMO FABER AND THE WORK OF CINEMA . 29 Preoccupied with the problem of labour slowdowns, Taylor timed basic work actions, developed programmed task instruction cards for employees, recommended factory planning departments, and devised wage scales based on piece work, such that a productive worker would share in the extension of output, but would fall below a subsistence wage and be forced to quit when he proved inefficient (Maier 1970: 29).

Overtly or covertly they deal with the question of good versus bad work, useful and useless, as seen from different perspectives, most importantly by workers themselves and those consuming the fruits of their work. All these authors engage with the question of ideology and class, but the most influential authors in this area are Antonio Gramsci (1977), Louis Althusser, especially in his essay ‘Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses’ (1971) and Georg (György) Lukács in History and Class Consciousness (Lukács 1971, especially 46–82).

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