Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations by Simon Rich

By Simon Rich

In Ant Farm, former Harvard Lampoon president Simon wealthy unearths humor in a few very dazzling areas. Armed with a pointy eye for the absurd and an overpowering feel of doom, wealthy explores the ridiculousness of our daily lives. the area, he concludes, is a hopelessly terrifying place–with never-ending comedian potential.

–If your female friend delivers a few “love coupons” after which breaks up with you, are the coupons nonetheless valid?

–What form of functionality strain does an endangered male panda consider while his captors convey the final last woman panda to his cage?

–If murderers can get into heaven by means of accepting Jesus, simply how awkward is it once they run into their victims?

Join Simon wealthy as he explores the intense and hilarious desperation that is living in usual lifestyles, from cradle to grave.

"Hilarious." –Jon Stewart

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12. The Reith Diaries, ed. Charles Stuart (Collins, London, 1975). 13. J. Reith, Broadcast over Britain (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1924). 14. A. Briggs, Governing the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, 1979)· 15. John Wain, The Listener, July 1965. 3 Jeremy Isaacs 'In the end someone has to have the responsibility for deciding ... what can be broadcast in particular circumstances at any given time. In our view, the ultimate responsibility should rest with the Authorities ... ' Annan Committee, Report on the Future of Broadcasting To claim authority, one must exercise it.

The programme was shown, and made little impact. The court decision had a lasting effect. The then Chairman, Lord Aylestone, acknowledged his responsibilities in a telling homely phrase: 'It is right that he who has to carry the can should feel the whole weight of it' . The Annan Committee on the Future of Broadcasting came firmly to the conclusion that it was right that the Authority - in lTV the IBA, in the BBC the Board of Governors-should carry the can. By their verdict they reinforced that rule and practice.

There may well be a healthy difference between the attitude of 'public broadcasting authority' and the government, but unless 'public broadcasting authority' recognises its own responsibilities, there will always be pressure, potentially dangerous pressure, for government itself to intervene. The second facet -concentrating on topicalities (including tomorrow's events) to such an extent that perspective is lost-is a consequence of the 'news revolution' which has influenced the patterns of post-Reithian daily broadcasting (and has itself been influenced by new technologies) far more than any other force.

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