Alejandro Bárcenas


The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy: More Moments of Zen, More Indecision Theory Revised and Updated (Wiley, 2013)

The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News ed. Jason Holt

"Jon, the Cynic: Dog Philosophy 101"
 (Malden MA,  USA / Oxford,  UK / Carlton,  Australia)
Blackwell Publishers 2007
ISBN 9781405163149

Is Jon Stewart a Cynic? What is Cynicism? What are the differences between ancient and modern Cynicism? Is Cynicism a positive or a negative force in a democracy?

Media Coverage of my essay

Newspapers and Magazines:

- Quoted in "Media Savvy: The Thinker. Serious philosophers make the case that Jon Stewart is the Socrates of our day" by Sam McManis. The Sacramento Bee, 10/23/2007 Scene section, page E1.
- Topic discussed in "The Unexamined joke is not worth telling" 10/24/2007, Chronicle of Higher Education, section "Leadership & Governance."
- Featured in "Finding the Lighter Side" by Pam Renteria. The University Star, 09/27/2011.

- Featured in "Audited: Cynicism vs. Compliancy" by Jordan Regas. BobcatFans Magazine, 02/2012, page 26.


- Topic discussed in "Conversations with Kathleen Dunn" 9/14/2007, 10:00 AM on Wisconsin Public Radio.
- Topic discussed in "KPOJ Mornings with Thom Hartmann" 9/14/2007, 6:00 AM on KPOJ Portland.
- Topic discussed in "Q" hosted by Jian Ghomeshi 10/29/07, 2:00 PM on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio One.

-Featured in News@UH, the University of Hawai'i System Newsletter published by External Affairs and University Relations, 03/3/2008.
-Reviewed by MaryLynn Saul, Journal of Popular Culture 41.4, August 2008.

Jon Stewart and Cynicism in The News:

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-"Jon Stewart and the Burden of History" Esquire, October 2011.
-"Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?" New York Times 08/17/2008
-"Bill Moyer's Journal: Is Cynicism Un-American?" PBS 01/18/2008
-"The 'Daily Effect': Cynical, Yet Informed" NPR 07/09/2006
-"Daily Show Adds To Youths' Cynicism?" CBS News 06/28/2006
-"America's Anchors" RollingStone 10/26/2003
-"Red, White and Funny" Newsweek 12/23/2003

Other studies on the subject:
-"The Wages of Cynicism: Jon Stewart tried for heresy at NAC San Antonio convention"(2007), Jack Lule.
"The Political Sins of Jon Stewart"(2007), Roderick P. Hart and E. Johanna Hartelius.
"In Defense of Jon Stewart"(2007), Robert Hariman.
"Relief in hard times: A defense of Jon Stewart's comedy in an age of cynicism"(2007), W. Lance Bennett.
Critical Studies in Media Communication
-"Politics and The Daily Show"(2007), Julia Fox.
-"The Daily Show Effect: Candidate Evaluations, Efficacy, and American Youth"(2006), Jody Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris,  American Politics Research.

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