This will not be the first place youâ€™ve heard of Jon Stewartâ€™s interview with Jim Cramer, of Mad Money, on the Daily Show. This may be, in fact, one of the last places youâ€™d expect to see it mentioned. This is a blog about environmental art. The Daily Show is a mainstream political comedy show. The interview was largely about finance, investment, and the economic crisis (which are not separate from natural resources, blah diddy you know the drill . . . )
But as comedian, Stewart provided an invaluable service. He called Cramer out. He urged Cramer and his network to use their visibility and connections for the public good, and not in service to investors, corporate interests, or mere ratings. He chided Cramer for misusing his powerful influence.
And thatâ€™s the essence of its relevance. At greenmuseum.org weâ€™re constantly seeing artists who are using their craft as a tool for the public good, whether with education, aesthetic power, or literal utilitarianism. Theyâ€™re doing it with the planet in mind, defending rivers, forests, communities, connections. Jon Stewart is defending the very nature of work, the transparency of media, and his parentsâ€™ retirement fund.
To all of those who voted to cut NEA funding: I defy you to look at the body of work on greenmuseum.org and not understand the public service that artists provide. Tell me that Jon Stewart lecturing Cramer like our nationâ€™s Cultural Daddy isnâ€™t achingly important. Come to grips with the incredible responsibility that comes with the work of culture. And I say: boo-yeah. Now letâ€™s get some work done.
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