How tech monopolies changed the web

Adam Ruins Everything's Adam Conover explains CollegeHumor's recent collapse and how tech monopolies have hindered the discovery of independent creators.

The internet ruined everything

Adam Conover of TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything got his start on the sketch comedy site CollegeHumor. For 2 decades, CollegeHumor was a launchpad for new voices in comedy — until the changing digital media landscape made its existence increasingly difficult.

What's changed with the media landscape is Facebook and also YouTube

The vision of the internet that we were sold in the late 90s, early 2000s was a fantasy, right? I believed it as much as anybody. "Hey, on the internet, no one knows your dog, right? Anybody can be anything. You can just start making content and people will watch it, you know, meritocracy, the gatekeepers are gone, etc., etc." And we had that for a good, what, 10 years or so, right, until all the large tech companies sprung up that started saying, "Hey, no, we're going to own this Wild West."

With the growth of tech monopolies, it’s become difficult for independent creators to compete

It's essentially been, "Hey, it was the Wild West, it was fun for a while," and then the railroad came through. Right? It's like in any Wild West movie, that's when the dream dies. And the railroad in this case is Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, Twitch, all these sites, right, that have so much power that we are not able to compete with them. If those sites are not allowing competitors to enter the marketplace, because they're refusing to show them in their newsfeed, that is enforceable behavior, enforceable bad behavior that we can prevent, with strenuous antitrust enforcement. So that's what needs to happen. I would say it's unlikely to happen in the current administration. However, it was also unlikely to happen in the previous administration. Obama's Justice Department was also asleep at the wheel on these issues. So, I think we need to see a sea change in how this sort of bad behavior is treated. And we need the Justice Department to start enforcing our antitrust laws.


01/17/2020 6:47 PMupdated: 01/17/2020 6:51 PM


  • James K.
    02/28/2020 23:37

    Aww somebody’s funding got pulled because their popularity went down because they weren’t good. How is this other people’s fault?

  • Aaron V.
    02/26/2020 07:29

    also college humor sucks now but yeag

  • David C.
    02/26/2020 06:41

    Adam is what helped kill college humor with some of the latest adam ruins everything

  • Alfredo P.
    02/26/2020 05:48

    Adam ruins college humor....🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Addrian D.
    02/25/2020 19:32

    Thankyou, lots of haters on here but you know to ignore it!

  • Sean H.
    02/25/2020 10:24

    Jesus christ i cant stand this guy

  • Ryan F.
    02/24/2020 20:11

    Adam Conover: Am I out of touch? No, it’s the children who are wrong.

  • Dave M.
    02/23/2020 06:47

    lmao, so we lost a site that produced two SNL writers and the people behind sam bee and john oliver? think we're gonna be just fine... maybe what happened is the site wasn't actually all that funny?

  • Tim B.
    02/20/2020 20:27

    Adam sucks at everything

  • Daniel F.
    02/19/2020 13:20

    Maybe if your content didn't suck, you'd have a bigger following.

  • Ollie G.
    02/18/2020 17:43

    As I watch this on Facebook lmao

  • Chuck T.
    02/16/2020 02:11

    If you thought for one single second that corporate America wasn't going to get their hands on something designed SOLELY for scientists to share information across the globe, you're crazy

  • Audey N.
    02/15/2020 18:09

    You spread just as much propaganda as anybody with your show . So get off your high horse 🐎

  • Evon D.
    02/13/2020 05:40

    It is just too much whining from the same people, ...your people Adam.....your people....

  • Justin R.
    02/12/2020 04:12

    You don’t have to use Facebook. It’s voluntary. If Facebook didn’t exist college humor would have never had any traction. Stop crying.

  • Ronin M.
    02/11/2020 21:14

    Adam does ruin everything...and that means actual reality and anything that is funny. He basically speed word salad until you either just accept his point out of attrition or just walk away.

  • R.J. R.
    02/10/2020 00:40

    This guy is the most insufferable [email protected] on the planet.

  • Brandon R.
    02/10/2020 00:08

    Boohoo liberals complaining about what they were fighting for, now living in what they wanted and now complaining about it even more. Your show is a huge failure due to your inconsistency of actual facts. Lay in the bed you made ya douchbag!

  • James B.
    02/07/2020 20:29

    It collapsed because it sucked

  • Dmitry J.
    02/07/2020 13:14

    Not only was it propaganda, it was often just wrong, and stating opinions as fact. 🤦🏾‍♂️ ESPECIALLY Adam.

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