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Jon Stewart fans prefer Minima

Today I wondered what people were saying about Jon Stewart’s new Daily Show set. So I did a Technorati search for “Daily Show” “Jon Stewart” “New Set” Desk Couch. The top three results were all within the last 24 hours:

  1. Jon Stewart II: What a Difference a Set Makes
  2. A couch, a couch, my kingdom for a couch
  3. But what a way to go

The funny part is, while all three present differing opinions on the new set, they all use the same Blogger template. Jon Stewart fans prefer Minima?

Personally, I love the show and trust them to evolve it according to their vision. But I agree that the new backgrounds are distracting and I kinda miss the boldness of the foreground graphic overlays. Stewart always seemed uneasy when they got the laughs, though. (“Oh you like that pun, huh? Hmph.”) Backgrounding and softening them seems to detract from their humorous punch.

As for the couch, yeah, I miss it. But it always seemed like an uncomfortable layout, the way guests had to sit all scrunched up on one side, twisting their necks to face Stewart. Is say: bring back the stools from the old MTV show! (Yes, I’m a longtime fan.)

Just don’t stop doing what you do, Daily Show peeps. You’re the best thing on television.

UPDATE: Just saw tonight’s show. Hooray for the non-moving orange background during the first half. But did you see the menacingly enlarging Newsweek cover during the interview with Michael Isikoff? I literally had to look away to avoid getting dizzy. Please, Daily Show, chill out on the motion for the sake of motion.


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