In an era of declining journalism and a soundbite culture, comedians seem to be the only ones willing to take on serious issues in a thoughtful manner. Last week’s post featured Jimmy Kimmel taking on climate change denialism, and this week John Oliver takes an in-depth look at the enormous problems the media cause in undermining the credibility of science. As Oliver notes, “science is by its nature imperfect, but it is hugely important,” and the sensationalistic nature of modern news reporting seems to have no ability to recognize either concept. Oliver’s criticism isn’t limited to “news” programs, and in particular, he goes after TED talks, which offer little, if any, vetting of scientific content presented.
Great stuff, but be warned, the video does contain language that may not be safe for work.
***For those outside of the US, I’m told that the video can be seen here. Trust me, it’s worth the extra work***