Reflections on the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
On a beautiful autumn day at the end of October, an estimated 210,000 people gathered in the National Mall to watch television for four hours. At least, that’s what it felt like from my position behind the sound stage in front of one of two giant flat screen TVs that flanked the main stage at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. As the crowd filtered into sections of lawn separated by short metal fences, the jumbotrons played clips from episodes of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report in the run up to the rally. As the morning wore on, the crowd grew until it stretched all the way back to the Washington Monument and spilled into the parkway on the edges of the Mall.
It felt like the buildup to a momentous occasion, and for many people there (some of my friends included), it felt like we were witnessing an important event, a statement, or the birth of a new political movement…
Posted on November 19, 2010, in Columns and tagged Colbert Report, Daily Show, Jon Stewart, National Mall, Protest, Rally, Rally to Restore Sanity, Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, Stephen Colbert, Washington DC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.