Thousands of words have been written about the issue of net neutrality, ever since the FCC proposed in May to create a two-tiered system that allows internet service providers to deliver some inter-stuff faster than others. But most of those words have been incomprehensible to the average reader and internet user, who isn’t even sure about what net neutrality is, let alone why it would be a problem were it to disappear.
Fortunately, John Oliver summed up in under a minute exactly why this issue is a big deal on the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight,” using the perfect superhero analogy to get his point across.
“What’s being proposed is so egregious, activists and corporations have been forced on to the same side,” Oliver said. “That’s basically Lex Luthor knocking on Superman’s apartment door and going, ’Listen, I know we have our differences, but we’ve got to get rid of that a–hole in apartment 3B.’ ”
In addition to that concise explanation of why we should care about net neutrality, the full segment from Oliver’s show covers the issue comprehensively from start to finish (and includes a call to action for internet trolls everywhere) in less than 15 minutes, which means that everyone else in the world can stop trying to explain it and go do something more interesting instead, like badminton, or cat dancing.