Sophia A. McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, and author of “America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy” has written a new op – ed piece of the current ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement and the ‘Colbert Nation’.
Across the globe and from US city to US city, we watch daily as waves of protesters, many of them young, take to the streets. Such images seemed impossible five years ago. Back then the mainstream buzz was that the youth were “stoned slackers” — too narcissistic and tech obsessed to engage in real protest. Where did all of this young activist energy come from?
The Colbert Nation.
Think that a loyal fan base for a cable television personality can’t have anything in common with a young, politicized group of activists? No doubt there is a difference between the OWS protesters and the Colbert Nation, but they have more in common than you might suspect.