Tuesday, April 12, 2022

John Oliver on data brokers and OAN

I haven't embedded a John Oliver video here since John Oliver on the power grid for Cut Your Energy Costs Day three months ago, so I'm sharing Data Brokers, which is currently the #1 trending video on YouTube.

John Oliver discusses how much data brokers know about us, what they’re doing with our personal information, and one….unusual way to change privacy laws.
Oliver pointing out that we are the product, not the customer, reminds me of a meme that I first used in Facebook: There is no such thing as a free lunch and included most recently in Colbert and others have a good laugh at Zuckerberg saying his employees call him 'Sauron'.

Let's see if Congress learns this lesson after Oliver's stunt.

That wasn't the only memorable moment from Sunday's show. The New York Daily News embedded the following video in John Oliver takes ‘joy’ in OAN’s decline, mocks the embattled network one more time.

I don't expect that video to last and it doesn't have a video description, so I'll quote the New York Daily News.
“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver finished what he started with OAN Sunday by celebrating the conspiracy pushing cable channel being dropped by DirecTV last Monday.
He also mocked Mike Lindell and his Razzie-winning Worst Film "Absolute Proof," an opinion I share, as I called it "the worst political film of 2020" and a "stinker of a bad (faith) documentary." Back to the New York Daily News.
Oliver then expressed his distaste for AT&T, which owns DIRECTV and controlled HBO — Oliver’s network — until a deal consummated last week changed that arrangement.
Looks like my prediction in John Oliver explains ransomware came true.
Oliver will almost certainly outlast AT&T's ownership of Warner Media, the parent company of HBO, as AT&T sold off WarnerMedia to Discovery earlier this year after acquiring it in 2018. That won't have lasted even as long as the AOL-Time Warner merger! Oliver was right to snipe at AT&T.
Here's to hoping that Oliver gets along with Discovery better than he did with AT&T!

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