The Internet has long been a place where people can get together based on like-minded ideas and ideologies. When people form groups on a website such as Facebook, sometimes their ideas can turn into huge parties and rallies. Combine the influence of a television personality with the Internet and you never know what might happen.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, thousands of fans are pushing for Stephen Colbert to hold a rally for “Restoring Truthiness” to satirize Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally. Some have speculated Colbert will address the growing fan campaign on his show Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. The campaign started out as a midnight rambling on a website and has turned into a full promotional campaign equipped with a Facebook fan page. There are currently over 8,000 supporters of the “Restoring Truthiness” rally and it is increasing rapidly, which might mean a real rally could be in store for Colbert.
I do believe that the “Restoring Truthiness” rally might actually happen, given how Colbert has a very big fan base behind him. The fans of Colbert are very loyal to him and have pretty much done anything he has asked of them. People often think that because something happens on the Internet, it is all talk and no action. Colbert has such a strong audience that they are determined to actually hold a rally and make the Internet ramblings come true.
I think that if anyone can make people come together away from their computer for a rally, it would be Colbert to do it. As a sometimes watcher of Colbert on television, I know how determined and diligent the fans are to him, and they often do some incredible things at his command. The scheduled tentative date of the event is Oct. 10, 2010, and I think it is a very real possibility that this event will actually happen
If this rally does happen, I do not think it will make any difference in the political discourse going on right now. Colbert is a comedian and his use of satire makes it hard to tell when he is actually serious about something, or determine what he actually believes in. I do not think it will have any impact on politics, and I do not think it will actually matter long-term. I do not see people taking this rally very seriously and, in the scope of politics, there is little the rally can accomplish.
I am not a supporter of this “Restoring Truthiness” rally because I am a firm supporter of Beck and find this kind of disrespectful. I know that Colbert is a comedian and he is funny sometimes, but a rally mocking Beck for wanting to get back to our founding principles is kind of ignorant. Beck knows that the only way to get back to our roots is to restore honor, faith, hope and charity, which are all lacking in politics these days. I love the humor and comedy that Jon Stewart and Colbert bring to television each night, but sometimes they go a little too far. You can tell when you watch their shows that they like to make fun of Beck and Fox News and, after a while, the jokes get old. Beck is honest and truthful and is only telling people what he thinks and backs up claims with facts. Beck’s rally was filled with hope and faith that we as people can overcome, and Colbert holding a satire rally is mocking what so many people stand for. I do not agree with the rally, but it is free speech and everyone is entitled to speak their minds at whatever rally they so choose. I just hope that the true message of Beck does not get lost or distorted by Colbert if the rally occurs.
Gloria Goodale, “‘Restoring Truthiness’: Could spoof of Glenn Beck rally happen?”, Christian Science Monitor