The Colbert Report

Season 3 Episode 101

Ian Bogost

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Aug 07, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Ian Bogost
Tonight Stephen welcomes video game analyst and author of Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames, Ian Bogost.
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      • Stephen: Here's America's fortune...... this is the Colbert Report, in bed.

      • Stephen: …and it brings us to tonight's Word: The Dark Side. Folks, in five days after September the 11th, the Vice President Cheney told us what it would take to wind the war of terror explaining: "We have to work the dark side, if you will. Spend time in the shadows…" Exactly! It's just like math class. When you're confronted with a difficult problem, turn the lights off. (Then, torture a nerd for the answer) You see, the Vice President knew that we cannot win this war if we go by the book. (Or the Constitution) You do whatever it takes, you go beyond what's legal, you go past what's acceptable. (You shoot a man in the face) But thanks to this new law, all that "dark side" is allowed, and we know doing what's allowed is not enough. (Nobody tempted by approved fruit) Now tragically folks, we are illuminating more and more of the dark side every day. Now that indefinite detention, enhanced interrogation and domestic spying are acceptable, it is getting harder and harder to find those things that we as Americans theoretically cannot bring ourselves to do. (Vote?) I mean, what's left that's beyond the pale? Hollowing out enemy combatants and using them as hand puppets to act out episodes of 24? We shouldn't even be able to conceive of the actions necessary to win this conflict. (Troop withdrawal?) But nation, we must. I am calling on you, the heroes, to imagine scenes of physical depravity and shocking illegality, quickly, before Congress legalizes them. Because if we keep allowing the things that we as a people have agreed we shouldn't be doing, who's going to win this war? (The Dark Side)

        And that's the Word.

      • (Regarding the year KOS blogger convention)
        Colbert: Now, I've been warning you about the 'digitatotalitarians' for a long time. But the reak hero, the 300 pound canary in this coal mine has been Bill O'Reilly. Or as I now call him, Papa Bird. He had daily KOS pegged from the start. Jimmy!
        (From interview excerpts with Bill O'Reilly)
        Bill O'Reilly: Fox News Jul. 16) It's like the Ku-Klux-Klan. It's like the Nazi party. Fox News Jul. 30) Nothing different than the Nazis or the Ku-Klux-Klan. Fox News Jul. 31) A left wing Nazi hate site. It is the Ku-Klux-Klan. There is no difference.

      • Colbert: For those of you who don't know what a 'blogger' is. It is someone who has a laptop, an ax to grind and their virginity.

      • (Colbert's new tagged on inspirational message segment - Colbert Commonsensicals
        Colbert: Always use a mirror when you are shaving or you might miss a spot.

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