Title

Satirical Comedy Does COVID-19: John Oliver as Science Journalist

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-12-2022

Department

Vice President for Research Office

Abstract

This article analyzes selected segments of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, which were dedicated to conveying accurate COVID-19 information, debunking coronavirus falsehoods, addressing pandemic-related sociocultural issues, and exposing conspiracy theories. In these videos, John Oliver corrects the commercial press while adopting several science journalist roles: that of explainer, investigative, and civic educator journalists. Oliver’s videos, whose reach extends far beyond his original audience, are valuable resources for conveying accurate information and teaching critical thinking.

Publication Title

Pop Culture Review

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