Satirizing Net Neutrality

By: Angela Hart  

Satirical programs can invoke framing elements to portray stories in a certain manner. With the ongoing debate surrounding net neutrality, these shows have the potential to educate and influence audiences. My main research questions include: How did “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and “Last Week Tonight” frame their pieces on net neutrality? Did they offer a perspective on both sides of the issue? Were they more favorable to a certain side? If so, how? In what manner did they try to get their point about net neutrality across? To conduct my study, I selected four segments from satirical news programs; one from “The Daily Show” which was a conversation between host Jon Stewart and correspondent John Hodgman, two from “The Colbert Report,” one of which is a standard piece with Colbert as host and the second of him interviewing scholar Tim Wu, as well as a segment from “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver acting as anchor. I conducted a close-read of the selected segments, noting dialogue, news box images, incorporated news footage, and the positions addressed in regards to net neutrality utilizing a framing perspective on the information relayed in the programs.

"Satire", " Framing", " Net Neutrality"
Civic, Political, and Community Studies
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Angela Hart

-, -, Georgetown University, United States
District of Columbia, United States

Angela Hart is currently earning her master's degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. Ever since Angela first saw the 1999 Mansfield Park film, she has been fascinated with adaption studies. After reading Jane Austen’s novels multiple times, and viewing almost all of the film adaptions, she wanted to understand why some characters, scenes, dialogue, tones, and nuances are left out and or altered for the big screen. In the past, she has written academic essays on Google and privacy laws, Jane Austen’s male villains, gender studies in regards to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, production analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, republican national convention speeches, the importance of women’s centers on college campuses, Ophelia the lost femme fatale, and Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet.