Daily Show Nostalgia

Via Boing Boing and Lost Remote: Like Jesse, the news that the old set of The Daily Show is being auctioned for charity reminded me of the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer finds the old Merv Griffin Show set in a dumpster.

While I’ve never really liked that episode of Seinfeld, the artificial nostalgia for those 1970s talk shows always struck me as a humorous concept. In general, the attempts to preserve a televisual past always seem strange to me, especially since TV–which is infinitely repeatable and now, with syndication and DVDs, infinitely repeated–is so resistant to any kind of aura (seeing TV props in a museum, for example, is generally disappointing for me).

The auction is for a good cause, 826NYC, a litearcy center “dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills.”

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