Satirizing Net Neutrality

By: Angela Hart  

"Last Week Tonight" with John Oliver aired a long-form piece on the FCC and net neutrality spanning roughly thirteen minutes and eighteen seconds on June 1, 2014. Oliver painted the current state of the Internet as not just practical, but functional, “The Internet in its current form is not broken and the FCC is currently taking steps to fix that.” Oliver included the FCC website link prominently so that viewers would note and use the url. Immediately following the episode, the FCC received so much web-related traffic and interest that their website crashed (Felder 2016). Oliver’s FCC piece demonstrated the show’s influence not only educating viewers in regards to the online debate, but invigorating their audience to become active in a cause. I conducted a close-read of two segments which "Last Week Tonight" aired on net neutrality, noting dialogue, news box images, incorporated news footage, and the positions addressed. I utilized a framing perspective on the information relayed in the programs in regards to net neutrality.

"Net Neutrality", " Satire", " Public Sphere"
Media Technologies
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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.