Jon Stewart og Stephen Colbert: En ny formidling

Kasper Rydahl Riis

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Standards of media and politics are thoroughly debated in both media- and political fora. This study takes its point of departure in the standard of news known as "the Burglar Alarm news standard" put forth by John Zaller in an article from 2003. Here studying a problem left unsolved by Zaller in the article namely the investigation of the appliance of this standard on entertainment shows rather than traditional news. In this aspect the study analyses the role of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as exemplars of this standard. It is however a new application-model for the Burglar Alarm standard, that will be presented throughout the study. The goal of the study is not to look at the relation of politics in particular, but rather relation of the media and how Stewart and Colbert can be seen as the arbiters of the Burglar Alarm standard towards the new-media, not towards politicians. The study seeks to conclude that Stewart and Colbert are able to break the fog of the 24-hour news cycle and make "the Monitorial Citizen", adequately aware of the news that needs attension – as prescriped by the Burglar Alarm news standard. Finally the study will give an evaluation of whether or not the standard of Zaller is applicable to entertainment shows, in a similar way as it is put to modern, traditional news.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 jan. 2013
VejledereJakob Egholm Feldt


  • Burglar Alarm
  • Jon Stewart
  • The Colbert Report
  • Formidling
  • Stephen Colbert
  • The Daily Show