How the ‘John Oliver Effect’ Is Having a Real-Life Impact
Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws. John Oliver, host of HBO comedy news program Last Week Tonight, is quickly building up that level of cultural cachet. While his forebears and former colleagues Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart spend as much time lampooning the news media covering world events as they do analyzing events themselves, Oliver’s show stands out for its investigations into topics as varied as the militarization of the police state, Net neutrality and Argentina’s debt crisis. Read more Feds Limit Law That Lets Cops Seize Your Stuff Oliver’s approach has even been cited as an inspiration for local government transparency. But the show has long caused real-world ripples. Ending Unfair Bail Requirements Eviscerating FIFA Crashing the FCC Over Net Neutrality Giving Back to Female Engineers Fox; Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images
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