John Oliver, Stephen Colbert And Jon Stewart Explain Net Neutrality Best

Fatimah Mazhar
According to a recent study, satire shows like "The Colbert Report" and “The Daily Show” are more effective in teaching people about complex matters such as election campaign finance than broadcast evening news does.

Let the funnymen do the explaining.

“"['The Colbert Report'] not only increased people’s perceptions that they knew more about political financing, but significantly increased their actual knowledge, and did so at a greater rate than other news sources," stated the research published in Mass Communication and Society, led by a senior researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.

That would explain why people decided to crash the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) official website with comments after watching HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”. John Oliver who hosts the late-night comedy show drew attention to the FCC on net neutrality, which had been in the news the past week. But it was only after Sunday’s show that there was such a noticeable reaction on their website.

So, if you are still unsure of what exactly net neutrality is and why some people oppose it, don’t worry. The late-night satirists have got you covered.

John Oliver: 

“Here’s the thing, net neutrality is actually hugely important. Essentially it means that all data has to be treated equally, no matter who created it. It’s why the Internet is a weirdly level playing field and startups can supplant established brands. That’s how Facebook supplanted Myspace, which supplanted Friendster, which supplanted actually having any friends… The Internet in its current form is not broken, and the FCC is taking steps to fix that.”


Stephen Colbert:

"Under net neutrality, every site on the internet has to be equally accessible, whether it be a huge behemoth like Google, or a small mom and pop site like Bing.”


Jon Stewart:

"If you've got a packet of information from a major corporation like Google, that information gets exactly the same treatment as a packet from a little start-up company like JohnStewartsHeadonMarioLopezsBodyGettingF****"