Jon Stewart is One of the Most Influential People for My Generation


This last Thursday, millions of viewers around the world had to say “goodbye” to Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.” As much as it has been depressing for hardcore fans like myself, I have to keep remember what he’s said several times in the last few months.

“I’m not dying people!”

Jon Stewart at the 80th Academy Awards. Courtesy of

I started watching Jon Stewart in 1999, when I was 6 years old. I remember arguing with kids the next year who said they wanted Bush to win the election. At 7 years old, I was encouraged to develop opinions and challenge bullshit, due only to one reason: If I watched “The Daily Show” with my parents, I got to stay up later on school nights.

I remember when Jon came back on the air after the September 11 attacks. In all my years of constant television…

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