If this whole Conan thing is as stupid and ironic as the Ex-Talk Show Host would like us to think he thinks it is, why are we watching? Is it because there is a certain percentage in any society who will do anything that's perceived as cool and supposedly subverts authority?
The media, and, yes, that includes me, unfortunately, is fascinated, because if there are 330 million people in the society in question, and you only get one percent, you hit a home run that goes beyond McCovey Cove.
But what if the authority you subvert is as low as NBC, which hasn't done anything right in 10 years? Does getting fired by such an organization convey even greater status? There's something desperate about this show, which is actually named Conan. "I did it so I’d be harder to replace," said the host. "I’m really glad to be on cable. That’s not a joke."