Okay, you no longer have to rely on crudely recorded clips of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on YouTube to get your news reports (or check back on what has happened over the past eight years). Commedy Central has posted 13,000 video clips of past shows on the program’s Web site. No, I didn’t count to make sure that they’re all there; I am taking their word for it.
I also want to give a shout out to the site designers; the interface for these archived programs is great. Sure, you can search for segments by keyword – I found a great interview with Harrison Ford from back in 2006 — but it also has a clever timeline interface that lets you go back in time to find shows around a specific event. (Early November in years that are multiples of 4 appear to be particularly fertile times to explore.)
So for the generation that has replaced the national evening news with Jon Stewart’s more palatable reporting, this is a wonderful resource that is entertaining and informative. It’s as if you had TiVo’ed and cross-indexed all the shows, and they’re all instantly available. The Internet changes everything, and television is next.