Jenkins said, "There is an enormous demand right now for public intellectuals who can help the public, policy makers and industry alike understand the stakes in these power struggles." (41)
Enter John Oliver and the staff of Last Week Tonight. They're here to help us understand what's going on in the world and teach us where we should point our outrage.
The show was particularly successful when it's net neutrality segment encouraged its viewers to flood the FCC website with complaints, and crashing the site in the process because of the overwhelming response. According to Bloomberg, we may have this segment to thank for the FCC ruling in favor of net neutrality. Indeed, the new consumer is active.
A television show inciting the public to action helped protect a free internet, and by extension, may have had a large impact on the way we will consume television in the future.