November 14, 2013 - Alexis Ohanian

  • 11/14/2013

Stephen calls for aid to the Philippines, the "Today" show airs live prostate exams, and Alexis Ohanian discusses online democracy and his book, "Without Their Permission."

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY, THANK YOUSO.

FOR JOINING ME.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SOMUCH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

PLEASE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)I GOT TO SAY, THAT TASTE

LIKE GREATNESS.

NATION, WE'VE ALL SEEN THEDEVASTATION IN THE

PHILIPPINES CAUSED BYTYPHOON HAIYAN, IT IS AN

UNTHINKABLE TRAGEDY AND WESEND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYER

TO THOSE IN NEED BUT IT ISNOT ALL WE'RE SENDING.

>> UNITED STATES MILITARYTAKING SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO

HELP TYPHOON RECOVERYOPERATION.

>> U.S.S. GEORGE WASHINGTONIS NOW IN THE GULF IN THE

AREA.

IT BRINGS WITH IT 80AIRCRAFT, 5,000 SAILORS ALL

READY TO DELIVER FOOD, WATERAND MEDICINE.

>> THE U.S. ALSO PROVIDING$20 MILLION IN IMMEDIATE

AID.

>> FOLKS, AMERICA TAKES ALOTOF SLACK JUST BECAUSE WE SPY

ON OUR ALI, INVADE COUNTRIESON HUNCHES AND THREATEN TO

TANK THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AS AFUND-RAISING TOOL.

BUT FACE IT, WHEN THE[BLEEP] GOES DOWN THE WORLD

NEEDS HEROES, NOBODY SAYSTHANK GODS THE BELGIANS ARE

HERE.

OH, I HOPE THEY BROUGHT USSOME WAFFLES.

(LAUGHTER)NATION, THIS MAKES ME PROUD

TO BE AN AMERICAN.

TO KNOW THAT MY TAX DOLLARSARE GOING TO HELP PEOPLE IF

I PAY TAXES.

I HAVE AN EXCELLENTACCOUNTANT.

HE SAID IF A SHELL TER, ITHINK THE FEEL POOENS.

>> AMERICA HAS PUT OUR MONEYWHERE OUR MOUTH S THE BOOTS

ON THE GROUND AND HADS INTHE AIR LIKE WE JUST DO

CARE.

CAN'T SAY THE THEM THINGABOUT SO-CALLED SUPERPOWER

CHINA.

>> CHINA GETTING A BIT OFCRITICISM.

THEY'VE BEEN IN A LONG-TERMDISPUTE, A LAND DISPUTE, BUT

GUESS WHAT THEY'RE ONLYGIVING $100,000.

>> WOW APPARENTLY THECHINESE SYMBOL FOR CRISIS IS

ALSO THE ONE FOR BITE ME.

SERIOUSLY, THE NATION OFCHINA PLEDGED ONLY $100,000.

I BET THE COLBERT NATIONCOULD GIVE MORE THAN THAT?

WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE THINK?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU KNOW

WHAT?

YOU KNOW WHAT, FOLKS, NATION,LET'S DO IT.

LET'S OUTDONATE CHINA.

TO DONATE $10 TO CONVOY OFHOPE TYPHOON RESPONSE

EFFORTS JUST TEXT COLBERT TO50555, YOUR DONATION WILL

HELP BRING CLEAN WATER ANDFOOD TO THE VICTIMS OF

TYPHOON HAIYAN, LET'S KICKCHINA'S ASS AT BEING

COMPASSIONATE BECAUSE WE AREA BROTHERHOOD OF MAN YOU

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, NATION, IF YOU

HAVE BEEN WATCHING ITS SHOWLATELY THEN YOU KNOW LAST

WEEK I BROUGHT YOU SOMESHOCKING NEWS ABOUT

CRACK-SMOKING TORONTO MAYORAND POSSESSED CABBAGE PATCH

DOLL ROB FORD.

WELL, FOLKS, FOR THE FIRSTTIME THAT I'M AWARE OF DRUG

ABUSE HAS HAD SOME NEGATIVECONSEQUENCES.

>> THE BOMBSHELL IS SO BADTHAT EVEN-- HOW STRANGE IS

THIS, FORD MOTOR COMPANYSAYS IT'S COSTING THEM

BUSINESS.

THE CAR COMPANY SAYS THEY'REDISTANCING THEMSELVES FROM

THE MAYOR.

THE ICONIC FORD LOGO WASBEING USED BY ROB FORD

SUPPORTERS ON T-SHIRTS.

THE COMPANY SAYS THE USE SUNAUTHORIZED, OBVIOUSLY, AND

THEY'RE NOW ASKINGSHIRTMAKERS TO STOP USING IT.

>> Stephen: BIG MISTAKE,FORD.

ROB FORD COULD HELP YOUREACH OUT TO A LUCRATIVE NEW

MARKET, BECAUSE AFTER ALLTHERE IS NO PRODUCT WITH

MORE CUSTOMER LOYALTY THANCRACK.

FORD APOLOGIZED LAST WEEKAND I THINK THAT SHOULD HAVE

BEEN THE END OF IT.

BUT APPARENTLY THE MAYOR'SCRITICS CANNOT TAKE I SMOKED

CRACK FOR AN ANSWER.

INSTEAD THEY MADE EVEN MOREALARMING ALLEGATIONS.

>> MAYOR FORD WAS SAID TO BESNORTING COCAINE, DRINKING

VODKA AND USING OXYCONTINALL WHILE ENTERTAINING A

PROSTITUTE IN HIS OFFICE.

>> DRINKING AND DRIVING ALSOA PROBLEM POLICE SAY.

THEY SAY THAT ONE STAFFMEMBER SAID THAT HE WAS IN

THE CAR WITH THE MAYOR WHENTHE MAYOR CHUGGED A MICKEY

OF VODKA MIXED IN WITH SOMEGATORADE.

>> MAYOR FORD THEN STEPS OUTOF THE CAR AND PROCEEDS TO

URINATE PUBLICLY NEXT TOBASICALLY AN ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: O KWAN DAB, HEWAS JUST TRYING TO TELL KIDS

TO STAY IN SCHOOL.

SERIOUSLY, KIDS, STAY INSIDE,THE MAYOR'S OUT THERE.

NOW FORD HAS DECLARED THATHE IS NOT RESIGNING.

EVEN THOUGH THE TORONTO CITYCOUNCIL HAS ASKED HIM TO

STEP DOWN IT HAS NO LEGALMEANS TO REMOVE FORD FROM

OFFICE.

ACCORDING TO CANADIAN LAWTHE ON ONES WITH THE POWER

TO ARREST THE MAYOR ARE THEQUEEN AND WAYNE GRETZKY.

BUT THAT'S IT.

THERE IT IS, MAYOR FORD ISDONE EMBARRASSING TORONTO IN

FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

>> THE ALSO THING WAS OLIVIAGONDAK SAYS I WANT TO EAT

HER [BLEEP].

I NEVER SAID IN IN HER LIFETO HER.

I WOULD NEVER DO THAT I'MHAPPILY MARRIED.

I'VE GOT MORE THAN ENOUGH TOEAT AT HOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> Stephen: WOW S ITVALENTINE'S DAY ALREADY?

KIND OF MAKES YOU NOSTALGICTO THE CRACK NOW, DOESN'T IT

TORONTO.

WE'VE BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT,

THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE SOCIALNEWS SIGHT, HE'S GOT CALLED

RED IF.

HE HAS A NEW BOOK AND IHAVEN'T READ IT.

PLEASE WELCOME ALEXIS OHANDIAN.

ALEXIS, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

WE MET A COUPLE TIMESBEFORE.

>> YES.

>> COULDN'T DRESS UP.

>> I SEE, I SPUT ON ASWAKET.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THAT.

>> A SWEATER JACKET.

THAT IS HOW I WAS TOLD TODRESS.

I'M WISE, I LISTEN MYGIRLFRIEND.

>> Stephen: NOW BESIDESBEING SORT OF AN EARLY

INTERNET WONDERKIN WITHBEING CO-FOUNDER OF RED T

EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS.

I HAVE EXPLAINED IT ON THESHOW BEFORE AND PEOPLE THAT

ARE ON IT THE NEXT DAY GOTHAT IS NOT WHAT RED IT IS.

WHAT IS RED IT.

>> IS A PLATFORM FOR ON-LINECOMMUNITITES TO SHARE LINKS

AND HAVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUTWHAT IS NEW AND INTERESTING

ON THE INTERNET.

>> Stephen: YEAH, THAT'S MYPROBLEM WITH IT.

THIS IS MY PROBLEM WITH READIT.

MY PROBLEM IS THAT THEREUSED TO BE A TIME WHEN THERE

WAS A CLASS OF CULTURAL CASEMAKERS LIKE MYSELF WHO TOLD

YOU WHAT THE MOST IMPORTANTTHING WAS TO READ OR SEE

TODAY.

WHEREAS ON READ IT EVERYBODYGETS TO POST AND EVERYBODY

GETS A VOTE, EVERYBODY GETSTO GOIAY,-- YAY, AND YOU

KNOW WHAT I SAY TO THAT?

I SAY OOOH.

OKAY.

WHY SHOULD EVERYBODY GET AVOTE AS TO WHAT WE SHOULD

ALL BE RAEBDING.

THAT IS CULTURAL SOCIALISM.

>> I LIKE TO THINK OF IT ASA LITTLE BIT OF DEMOCRACY

ON-LINE, THE IDEA THAT ANYONE OF US HAS A GREAT IDEA

WORTH SHARING OR AN OPINIONWORTH HEARING IS SORT OF

BAKED INTO HOW THAT PLATFORMWORKS AND HOW THIS COUNTRY

WORKS.

>> BUT ON READ IT YOU DON'THAVE TO BE A CERTAIN AGE,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE APROPERTY OWNER.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PASS ALITERACY TEST, ALL THE

THINGS WE LOOK FOR IN OURDEMOCRACY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, WE WANTEDIT TO BE AS OPEN AS

POSSIBLE.

AND THE HOPE IS MORE PEOPLEWHO OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE

HAD ACCESS NOW CAN.

AND WHO CAN NOW SHARE THEIRIDEAS WHO WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN

ABLE TO BEFORE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, SPEAKINGOF SHARING IDEA, YOU ARE

SHARING IDEAS IN A NEW BOOK.

IT'S CALLED WITHOUT THEIRPERMISSION.

OKAY.

WHAT IS IT YOU ARE DOINGWITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION AND

WHO IS THEY?

>> IT IS THE GATEKEEPERS, ITIS THIS IDEA THAT ON-LINE WE

HAVE THIS THING CALLEDPERMISSIONLESS INNOVATION.

THE IDEA THAT ANYBODY WITH AGREAT IDEA CAN SHARE IT WITH

THE WORLD, WHETHER IT IS ABUSINESS OR A NONPROFIT OR

AN ART PROJECT OR ACTIVISM.

AND THAT MEANS WE GET TOSURFACE MORE IDEAS AND

CREATIVITY FROM MORE PEOPLEWHO DON'T NEED TO GO THROUGH

GATEKEEPERS.

>> Stephen: DON'TGATEKEEPERS TELL US WHAT IS

GOOD AND BAD?

>> GATEKEEPERS SOMETIMES GETIT RIGHT.

JON STEWART HAD A GOODCHOICE BRINGING YOU ON

BOARD.

>> Stephen: I WAS AT THEDAILY SHOW BEFORE HE WAS BUT

GO AHEAD.

>> Stephen: WHATEVER,WHATEVER, THAT'S NOT A KNOCK,

THAT'S JUST A FACT.

>> THE HOPE IS WITH APLATFORM LIKE READ IT OR THE

INTERNET WE GET TO HEAR FROMMORE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY

OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVEGOTTEN THE GOOD FORTUNE OF

FINDING THE RIGHT GATEKEEPERAT THE RIGHT TIME.

>> Stephen: SO IF I WANTEDTO DO AN INTERNET START UP,

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I KNOW YOU START AND THAT ISWHERE YOU START, YOU START

ON-LINE.

THE LAST THING YOU DID YOUSELL IT TO GOOGLE FOR $4

BILLION.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN BETWEEN.

HOW DO YOU GET PEOPLE TOFUND YOU ON THE INTERNET,

CAN YOU USE THE INTERNET TOFUND YOU ON THE INTERNET?

>> YOU KNOW IT SOUNDSRIDDICK LOSE BUT IT'S A AZ

MAGAZINE.

WITH-- WE ARE SEEING MOREAND MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND

ME WHO ARE GOING TO HELPTHEIR FELLOW AMERICANS WITH

GREAT IDEAS.

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BEYOU THEN.

>> THERE ARE MORE OF THESECROWD FUNDING PLATFORMS THAT

LET SOMEONE WITH A GREATIDEA TO RAISE FUNDING, KICK

STARTER IS AN ON VIEWS ONE.

IN THE LAST YEAR MORE MONEYHAS GONE THROUGH THAT FOR

ART PROGRAMS THAN THROUGHTHE NATIONAL

ENDURE-- ENDOWMENT OF THEARTS.

>> Stephen: MORE DOLLARS.

>> MORE DOLLARS, YES.

>> Stephen: HAVE WE REACHEDTHE DREAM OF KILLING THE

NEA?

>> I DON'T THINK-- THEY'RENOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

I LIKE KNOWING WE GET TOLIVE IN A WORLD WHERE

SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE ACHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE OF

HAMLET CAN GET A BOOKPUBLISHED THANKS TO THE

INTERNET AND A BFERJ OFPEOPLE.

>> Stephen: DID THAT HAPPEN.

>> IT DID, IT RAISED OVER$600,000 FOR THAT BOOK.

>> Stephen: WHAT HAPPENS INTO HAMLET IN THIS TIME.

>> IT'S SOMETHING YOUCHOOSE-- YOU CHOOSE WHATEVER

ADVENTURE YOU LIKE.

YOU COULD TAKE D I MEAN ICAN'T POSSIBLY TELL YOU ALL

THE OPTIONS, YOU HAVE TOREAD THE BOOK.

BUT THERE ARE MANY.

>> Stephen: IT'S A SADSTORY.

>> YOU CAN HAVE IT TURN OUTBETTER.

>> Stephen: REALLY, YOU CANHAVE A HAPPY HAMLET?

>> YES, LIKE OPHELIA LIVESAND-- IS NOT HIDING BEHIND

THE CURTAIN AND ALL THATKIND OF STUFF.

>> AND WHAT IS SO EXCITING.

>> Stephen: TO BE OR NOT TOBE, DEFINITELY TO BE.

NOW WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSIONARE YOU RIGHT NOW ON A FIVE

MONTH BUS TOUR TO PROMOTEINTERNET ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Stephen: WOULDN'T THEREBE AN EASIER WAY TO DO THAT

SAY ON THE INTERNET?

>> TOUCHE.

>> Stephen: I DON'T SPEAKSPANISH OR WHATEVER.

>> I WANTED AN EXCUSE TORENT A BUS AND A T-SHIRT

CANON AND VISIT 77UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE

COUNTRY BECAUSE MY FELLOWMILLENNIALS ARE THE ONES WHO

WILL BE ABLE TO DO ALL OFTHIS AMAZING STUFF.

BECAUSE IT IS NOT UNTIL ICAN ACTUALLY GET IF FRONT OF

THEM AND HOPEFULLY GIVE THEMTHE LECTURE I WISH I HAD AS

AN UNDERGRAD THAT WILLGALVANIZE THEM.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS IT, GIVETHE LECTURE, BOIL IT DOWN TO

TEN WORDS WHAT IS THE THING,BECAUSE I'M-- US MILLENNIALS

NEED TO HEAR IT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

YOU KNOW, ON AN INTERNETWE'RE ALL LINKS ARE CREATED

EQUAL.

YOU CAN TAKE A GREAT IDEAAND YOU CAN TAKE ALL OF THAT

AMBITION AND ACTUALLY REACHYOUR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL FOR

BEING AWESOME THANKS TO THEOPEN INTERNET.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE AWISEMAN.

ALEXIS OHANIAN.

THE BOOK IS WITHOUT THEIRPERMISSION.

ALEXIS, WE'LL BE R

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FORTHE REPORT, EVERYBODY, GOOD

NIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)