After a hiatus since shortly after the election – and after spending basically all of last season talking about the now-president throughout the presidential race – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is back! Holly and I have been anxiously awaiting this show returning, because once you get past an obvious bias, the topics covered and presentation are great.
As more and more news items have been hitting, as a new administration swings into gear, as more and more Americans are getting politically engaged and motivated, we had to wonder: what on earth was John Oliver going to start with in a show that’s only 30 minutes long?
Oh. Okay then. That makes sense. The place to start: reality. What is it anymore, in our increasingly post-modern times (my words, not his)? Well, here’s a good start at answering that question.
And where it ends? John Oliver’s current plan for action? This one had us laughing hysterically… and then had us really sad that something like this would seem necessary.
I know it has been a while since I actually wrote a Science Fiction Today post, but in the current political climate I am reminded why we started writing them in the first place. I am honestly sick of most politics today. We keep congratulating ourselves for throwing more and more money at situations without bothering to take the time to examine why things are happening. One thing I love about doing Science Fiction Today is that we can take a step back and imagine the entire world differently.
Part of what is great about trying to look at things from a science fiction perspective is you are no longer constrained by what the world looks like now. Some of the ideas we present really would not work in today’s world, but who knows where we will be in another 50 or 100 years and what could that mean for the problems that we are currently facing?
Sometimes I think that we can get discouraged by some of the things we see happen on the Internet. So much news can be discussed about trolls, cyber bullying, sharing nude pictures, etc, that can make the Internet seem like a generally terrible place.
At the same time we need to remember that there are some amazing things that have come out of the Internet. Before the Internet, how much longer would it take for an idea to spread globally? But now a celebrity or comedian can mention an idea and that idea can explode beyond their wildest imaginations. Then there are the news stories of tragedy that lead others to try and help out a complete stranger. It is important to remember that the Internet is not all a dark, scary place, but really has the potential to help accomplish amazing things.
I suppose we’re a bit late to it, since we were out of town. We only just watched this year’s last episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and it contained one of the best bits I have ever seen on TV.
That was not where we were expecting the story to go, that’s for sure! The amount of work it took to get all of those different personalities and shows to make a video! Who’s your favorite appearance?