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John Oliver

The Atlantic has a great piece on John Oliver’s new HBO show, Last Week Tonight. Includes lots of entertaining clips and stories:

How John Oliver Beats Apathy

With a combination of humor and fearlessness, Last Week Tonight has done an unlikely thing: spurred action.
TERRANCE ROSS, AUG 14 2014, 2:51 PM ET

And then the insightful takeaway highlights his editorial freedom, thanks to a lack of advertising dependence. The same can’t be said for most other “news” channels, even Stewart’s.

And then related, The Atlantic also just published this: The Internet’s Original Sin: It’s not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web. Also worth a read, highlighting questions I’ve been thinking about with my current project.