Frankly, it was an embarrassment. The Kindle II may well represent an important advance beyond killing trees for our literary needs. It has adjustable font sizes, and there are apocryphal tales that older readers love them because pages are easier to turn (for arthritis sufferers) and EVERY book is suddenly a large print book (for just about anyone older than 40).
But Jon Stewart acted like a baggy-pants vaudeville comedian steeped in the humor of cruelty, playing to an audience of drooling morons. Everything that Jeff Bezos brought up was cut off, turned into a stupid quip or otherwise put down by Stewart.
Considering that this was the first day of the rollout of Kindle II, and that Bezos was in New York to promote it — a continent away from his normal domicile, it was just plain fucking rude.
Were I him, I’d be trashing my hotel room right now, a la Keith Moon.
I kept imagining some parallel universe in which TV had been invented in the 1880s, and a comedic moron was interviewing Henry Ford on his new “Model A” with lines like: So, is there a hitch for the horse when it has to be used as a carriage?
Haw haw haw.
Stewart and Colbert both have this problem as interviewers: they are rude, clueless assholes, generally, who give terrible interviews, and are more concerned with cutting loose with the one liners like farts after a chili cookoff.
It sure as hell smelled that way.
8 years late but it still scares Luddite Stewart, evidently
While I usually like the Daily Show quite a bit, there are times, and this is one of them: Fuck you, Jon Stewart. There’s something called “professionalism” and you ain’t got it. Or at least not last night.
You can watch the interview here. (And speculate WHY Bezos has no hair. I believe it may have something to do with tearing it out after interviews like this one.)