Bill Maher ended his show Friday night taking on the internet and how it’s allowed us to avoid reading anything that just isn’t in our interests, explaining that “only seeing the stuff that confirms the opinions you already have isn’t news, it’s Fox News.”
He railed against “microtargeting” and sites like Facebook that are making it easier than ever for people to only consume the news they want to hear about. Back in the old days, people on the subway read the newspaper “and no one’s masturbating,” but now too many people are on their phones playing Angry Birds instead of reading the news.
Maher took on climate change specifically, and how people have been so misinformed on the issue because they listen to Fox, Glenn Beck, and Matt Drudge, or as Maher called them, “the cracker trifecta.” He bemoaned how no one will care that jellyfish are taking over the ocean “unless a jellyfish shows up on a beach and exposes its nipple.”
Watch the video below courtesy of HBO:
Episode 308 by BillMaher1956