...(Can one still say "yo," or has that been abandoned to elderly Jews like me and "Ali G"?) Did you know that in its parody of shows like The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes, The Colbert Report is an example of what is known as detournement, a form in which
an artist reuses elements of well-known media to create a new work with a different message, often one opposed to the original. The term "detournement", borrowed from the French, originated with the Situationist International....Detournement is similar to satirical parody, but employs more direct reuse or faithful mimicry of the original works rather than constructing a new work which merely alludes strongly to the original. It may be contrasted with recuperation, in which originally subversive works and ideas are themselves appropriated by mainstream media....Examples of contemporary detournement include Adbusters' "subvertisements" and other instances of culture jamming, as well as poems composed collaboratively by Marlene Mountain, Paul Conneally, and others, in which quotations from such famous sources as the Ten Commandments and quotations by George W. Bush are combined with haiku-like phrases to produce a larger work intended to subvert the original source....The Neue Slowenische Kunst has a long history of aggressive detournement of extreme political ideologies, as do several industrial music groups, such as Die Krupps, Nitzer Ebb, KMFDM, and Front 242.
Well, now you know, thanks to me and Wikipedia.
As this used to be and still puports to be a political sort of blog, I should at least add this, regarding last week's Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld: While the rebuke to and setback for the Cheney-Bush war on the Constitution was cause for a bit of celebration, it is sobering to be reminded that the Appeals Court decision that was overturned was co-written by then-Appeals Court judge John Roberts, whose support for Cheney-Bush's usurpation of unlimited power is the reason he is now Chief Justice of SCOTUS.