Ken Tucker
July 22, 2009 AT 01:39 PM EDT

Last night, Craig Ferguson came out and offered a brilliant monologue about “why everything sucks — everything.” His thoughts were cast humorously, as always, but there was a serious, historically accurate analysis about how, since the 1950s, there’s been what he calls a “deification of youth” in mass culture. One result is that we now prize “the young and the stupid” in a way no other culture has “in the history of the world.” Check it out:

The subtext of Ferguson’s articulate rant could be interpreted as a veiled criticism of not just his late-night competition (was Jimmy Fallon fake-bowling again last night?), but it has a broader effect. You just don’t hear stuff like this from anyone else on TV, anywhere, at any time of day.

What do you think of Craig’s “young and stupid” versus smart-and-experienced argument?

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