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Old 03-01-2016, 07:25 PM   #946
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Seemingly every time Oliver ends his big intro segment he does something like the Drumpf thing. A hashtag or something to get the message out. On the surface, it's a way for his viewers to feel invested in bringing an issue to light (people curious about the hashtag will find out about where it originated from and hopefully learn more about Trump) by spreading the word. There was some appeal to this when he was exclusively reporting on very underreported issues. But like I said, it feels to me like marketing for his show that's cloaked in minor activism. It's worked, in the sense that when he does one of these big things I see the video fucking everywhere for days, in a way that I never did with Stewart/Colbert stuff. But they haven't brought about change at all, and over a year later pretending like they still might feels a little disingenuous. Whatever his hopes were at the beginning, he has to be aware now that it does little more than get people to watch Last Week Tonight videos.
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Does anyone think John Oliver is going to take Virginia tonight or what?
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Yeah, my state has never had any influence over the primaries whatsoever.

You make up for it in November anyway.
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Seemingly every time Oliver ends his big intro segment he does something like the Drumpf thing. A hashtag or something to get the message out. On the surface, it's a way for his viewers to feel invested in bringing an issue to light (people curious about the hashtag will find out about where it originated from and hopefully learn more about Trump) by spreading the word. There was some appeal to this when he was exclusively reporting on very underreported issues. But like I said, it feels to me like marketing for his show that's cloaked in minor activism. It's worked, in the sense that when he does one of these big things I see the video fucking everywhere for days, in a way that I never did with Stewart/Colbert stuff. But they haven't brought about change at all, and over a year later pretending like they still might feels a little disingenuous. Whatever his hopes were at the beginning, he has to be aware now that it does little more than get people to watch Last Week Tonight videos.
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I don't know, man. When Stewart or Colbert would have a good bit, I'd see it reposted a couple of times, but it seems like every episode of Oliver's show warrants 5,000 different social media posts from my friends/reddit with, "YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!" type messages.


I wish more people would talk about fracking. I didn't know about it until I worked on a documentary television show about it for the Weather Channel. I was beyond disturbed at what I learned and I can't believe that we're sitting here ignoring this issue like man-made earthquakes aren't a thing.



The first few times his videos were posted, and people were getting passionate about the topics he was shining light on, I was ecstatic. Things that NEEDED change were finally getting love, talked about in the media. How many times have we seen this, in this decade, where an issue no one was talking about finally comes to light, and we actually see change being made? I think the faster push to legalized marijuana with each passing year is a great example of this, where there's a way for people to be more vocal about the benefits, and how much money is being wasted, but I digress. My point is, somehow with Oliver, it seems like the buck stops with reposting his videos. I haven't seen them *actually* make an impact. When he pointed out the hypocrisy (and in my opinion evil) of Evangelicals, for example, with their mega-churches, and tax-exemption (I'm not against tax exemption for churches, but when a church is selling a product and turning a profit, it's time to take away that tax exemption), who take advantage of people like my aunt on a daily basis, I was thrilled. But nothing changed. It was an issue for a few days, but then it just went bye-bye.

I don't know why. I don't know what the answer is. Maybe it's because it's a weekly program and he doesn't come back to topics once he's covered them?

It just feels hollow, so I've stopped paying him any attention because seeing him just makes me think of keyboard warriors.
My points exactly
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So from what I can tell... it's going to be Trump vs Hillary.
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So from what I can tell... it's going to be Trump vs Hillary.
it's more like Thanos vs. Darkseid.
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So from what I can tell... it's going to be Trump vs Hillary.

Rubio is indeed failing, but Sanders is doing what he has to in order to preserve his campaign. If he wins Mass/Colorado/Minnesota, it's all a national game.
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2016 US Presidential Election Thread Part V

Over under on how much money Trump paid Chris Christie?


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So today is our primary
You must be just thrilled by Cruz's upset victory.
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It's called a pre$idential pardon.
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yeah, probably it was so many that it filled that plane Donald force him to get on
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Christie looks like he's being held hostage. More awkward than Trump looked when Sarah Palin kept talking and talking on the podium.

So I'll say one thing - Trump certainly says some good things like "lowering taxes" and "increasing jobs" and "building the middle class" which obviously hits a mark with people. But does he ever actually say how he is going to do it in a concrete way? He's going to lower taxes and build a bigger military and a giant multi-billion dollar wall? And create jobs?
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A Trump presidency will be fun to watch from afar... I think.
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