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Each month, host Stephanie Bee uses primary sources to tell a story that could've only happened online.

Ephemera is a show about the Internet that does its research and preserves stories in amber. It is made with an understanding that its listeners are just as fascinated with the liminal space of the Web as I am. It is a cyberpunk, plunderphonics, digital archive of human stories, particularly ones I find interesting.

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Each month, host Stephanie Bee uses primary sources to tell a story that could've only happened online.

Ephemera is a show about the Internet that does its research and preserves stories in amber. It is made with an understanding that its listeners are just as fascinated with the liminal space of the Web as I am. It is a cyberpunk, plunderphonics, digital archive of human stories, particularly ones I find interesting.

    20: America Is The Dark Souls Of Things You Can Walk Across

    20: America Is The Dark Souls Of Things You Can Walk Across

    BLACK LIVES MATTER.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jTlMERf0Ohhqy08ZgfyxGQWuoTulorKcweXrppoxTR0
    Get in touch: ephemeraTHEpodcast@gmail.com
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/about
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/zine (zine 2 is out!)
    https://www.patreon.com/ephemerapodcast
    Audio engineering is generously provided by Miguel Tanhi of Much Different NY, a live podcast recording venue in Brooklyn, NY.
    I was on vacation, so please forgive the slightly worse audio on my part this episode. Next episode will sound as warm and gentle as you’ve become used to.
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    Muerte’s first thread, soliciting a name for his project:
    https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3712401
    Muerte’s thread:
    https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3714480
    The FYAD thread making fun of Muerte:
    https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3720872 
    Muerte’s Fundrazr:
    https://fundrazr.com/2yYS4?ref=sh_54ho83_ab_06Di176j3jx06Di176j3jx 
    Hobo Nick’s lessons learned video, in which he describes the very unrealistic circumstances that let him keep going:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Pw521AYB0&feature=youtu.be 
    Hobo Nick’s blog (written by his mom):
    http://worldinstrides.blogspot.com/ 
    Some of Muerte’s - and SA goons’ - photos: 
    https://storiesfromtheinter.net/post/628457004882624512 
    Goon ‘atomicthumbs’ goes looking for the cart (lots of nice photos of the park):
    https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3714480&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=77#post446000686


    Please note: I have consolidated a couple of muerte’s exchanges with goons into single quotes from Muerte. The meaning has been preserved, and I’ve experimented more with doing this lately (see also ‘Cain’ ‘s text). If you want the original and full text, I’ve linked to it. Does this seem fair? 

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    unfortunately, as you probably already know, people

    unfortunately, as you probably already know, people

    BLACK LIVES MATTER. RESIST FASCISM. THE WORLD STANDS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
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    Get in touch, particularly this time: ephemeraTHEpodcast@gmail.com
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/about
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/zine (zine 2 this month!)
    https://www.patreon.com/ephemerapodcast
    Audio engineering is generously provided by Miguel Tanhi of Much Different NY, a live podcast recording venue in Brooklyn, NY.

    Thanks for bearing with my delays. xoxo. next ep is about another one of my favourite :goonstory:s.
    ---
    Read the episode script and my research notes:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C6_9BLS6JEH5dC3pnCsKOiL17HD5W2IMZwR0Dh5k0rQ/edit?usp=sharing
    Virgil Texas' "OKC_ebooks", where thirsty men reply ad nauseam to incoherent horse_ebooks text:
    https://slacktory.tumblr.com/post/43168538440/this-is-a-pick-up-artist-talking-to-a-horse-robot 
    You will look back on this moment with shock and: https://twitter.com/horse_ebooks/status/113976583752134656?lang=en 
    Adrian Chen tracks down the account's father:
    https://gawker.com/5887697/how-i-found-the-human-being-behind-horseebooks-the-internets-favorite-spambot
    Dan Sinker's "Eulogy For A Horse":
    http://web.archive.org/web/20140213003406/http://dansinker.com/post/62183207705/eulogy-for-a-horse
    Excellent perspective here on the relevance of horse ebooks as ‘obliging a program’ and parallels to social media: https://www.marieconnelly.com/writing/horse-ebooks 
    Academic writing on the idea of 'botness':
    http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/rt/printerFriendly/814/0 
    Bakkila's artist statement:
    https://images.gawker.com/1915kb0m44uocjpg/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800.jpg 
    Susan Orlean's review of the gallery performance:
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/10/man-and-machine-susan-orlean 
    Michael Craig-Martin's "An Oak Tree":
    https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/craig-martin-an-oak-tree-l02262
    If you have a recording of Ryan O’Connor's talk at Mind Maze II, “The Horse Computer in Kiev”, I want it. It was impossible to find and I really wish I'd been able to.
    Please stay safe, dear listeners. I have more episodes written and I hope to return to a normal release pace.

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    18: ** Paid Modeling Gig. **

    18: ** Paid Modeling Gig. **

    Get in touch: ephemeraTHEpodcast@gmail.com
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/about
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/zine (zine 2 this month!)
    https://www.patreon.com/ephemerapodcast
    Audio engineering is generously provided by Miguel Tanhi of Much Different NY, a live podcast recording venue in Brooklyn, NY.
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    Read the episode script:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1971bcy15t1CufTOH45As_6yMqPmvnN7-6lQfku2ekmE/

    I didn't find it until after I'd written my script, but this subreddit has an awful lot of collected materials for further reading. Unfortunately, it's full of redditors who seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of these victimization films. Gross.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/GirlsDoLawsuits/
    As I mentioned in the episode, VICE's reporting on this case has been surprisingly good.
    https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/gyz9gy/girls-do-porn-producer-allegedly-made-fake-porn-of-lawyers-suing-him


    Bianca Bruno has been amazing at covering the legal aspect of this story:
    https://www.courthousenews.com/porn-company-employee-says-recruiting-continues-during-fraud-trial/ 
    https://www.courthousenews.com/months-long-trial-over-bait-and-switch-porn-scheme-kicks-off/ 

    Pratt files for bankruptcy to delay the case:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VTBlXG5dcdm242fIyxkBzCQWgYhlYppG/view 
    Pratt flees the US
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12275965 
    The conspirators are charged with sex trafficking:
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvgxvw/girls-do-porn-employees-charged-with-sex-trafficking-potentially-face-life-in-prison

    One of their fake shell companies:
    https://www.zoominfo.com/c/bll-media-inc/383265205

    The VICE story that interviews Monica:
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evjkdw/she-helped-expose-girls-do-porn-but-she-can-never-outrun-what-it-did-to-her?utm_source=stylizedembed_vice.com&utm_campaign=8xwep4&site=vice 
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/she-was-18-and-tricked-into-doing-porn-this-ruined-my-life?source=articles&via=rss

    Sanford Heisler Sharp LLC:
    https://sanfordheisler.com/case/girlsdoporn-com-lawsuit/ 
    Yale Law School’s Yiqin Fu’s twitter thread translating posts about the chinese facial recognition app: https://web.archive.org/web/20190529205522/https://twitter.com/yiqinfu/status/1133215940936650754 

    A folder of pdf files I read during my research:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1o61fH_d3reOnsdPMIiN4OcawTcPAwa_T?usp=sharing
     
    Finally, a personal note. I meant what I said when I called out "you true crime sickos". I do not like true crime and I do not want Ephemera to ever be a true crime podcast. However, it's impossible to look at the Internet holistically without discussing its ability to empower criminals. But abuse, rape, and criminal deception are not what I like to listen to stories about, and even less appealing to me to research. Thank you for understanding.

    • 21 min
    long time no talk, listeners

    long time no talk, listeners

    FULL TEXT:
    Hey, babes. This is just a short little announcement to update you on ephemera’s release schedule during this whole plague meets great depression thing. If you wanna pull your patreon pledges, I have no issues with that, but they are still going to the ephemera research slush fund. I’ve been researching and writing episodes and our boy Miguel has been editing them, but we both had COVID symptoms at some time in the last month or two - he lives in New York, my heart goes out to the guy - which obviously took some time. Miguel just sent me episode #18, and after I listen to it, I’m gonna upload it for you to listen to. Episode 19 is about Horse Ebooks and the nature of Barthèsian simulation, Foucault, all that good stuff, and I expect to publish that during May as well.

    I’ve fully written scripts for episodes 19 and 20, and I’m about half done with the script for #21. I also submitted Ephemera for publication and funding from the CBC, canada’s national broadcaster, and I’m waiting to hear back about that. The pitch took a fair bit of my time that couldn’t directly transfer over into regular episodes, but I submitted it and I’m waiting to hear back. If they take me up on it, I’ll make a six episode season looking in particular at women’s experiences with the Internet, re-telling a few stories I’ve told before but with tighter production. 
     
    During this unprecedented global crisis, ephemera will still publish, but since I no longer know what time is, or how it proceeds from one moment to the next, it’s a little harder to have my scheduled research and writing blocks. Also, I’m back in school, which is taking a lot of my time but allows me to apply for Canada Student benefits. 
     
    Ephemera will get back on track, work out the kinks in publishing, catch back up to itself, and continue to provide you with unique perspectives on interesting stories. It is so so SO important to me that Ephemera is good, remains at the consistent level of quality I’ve reached with Miguel’s help, and that’s something I’ve heard from listeners that you care about as well.

    All of this is, basically, just to say that hey, there’s an episode coming out later tonight. And I’m making another zine. Thanks.

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    17: The Other Nefertiti

    17: The Other Nefertiti

    Get in touch: ephemeraTHEpodcast@gmail.com
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/about
    http://storiesfromtheinter.net/zine (zine 2 coming soon!)
    https://www.patreon.com/ephemerapodcast
    Audio engineering is generously provided by Miguel Tanhi of Much Different NY, a live podcast recording venue in Brooklyn, NY.
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    episode script:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uKplPH6bVADnr3WL9j35AxewNVzDaBqgO9gn_ry6BmQ/edit?usp=sharing

    The artists' page, ft torrent download of the Bust:
    http://nefertitihack.alloversky.com/


    The wonderful Mexican heist film MUSEO is a meditation on the duplication and authenticity of artifacts, based on a true story. Also, Gael Garcia Bernal is an ABSOLUTE smoke show throughout. My God, he’s SOOO hot. You should make time to watch it; I think you’ll really be glad you did. Alonso Ruizpalacios is a cut above the rest of modern Mexican cinema. Roger Ebert said so! Available through YouTube Premium here:
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=ikRdynR996c
    Cosmo Wenman’s article goes over the similarities between the museum’s private scan and the one released by the artists:
    https://cosmowenman.com/2016/03/08/the-nefertiti-3d-scan-heist-is-a-hoax/ 
    Charly Wilder's two articles for the NYT:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/02/arts/design/other-nefertiti-3d-printer.html 
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/11/arts/design/nefertiti-3-d-scanning-project-in-germany-raises-doubts.html 
    The Neues Museum still has those €8900 replicas for sale:
    https://www.smb-webshop.de/en/subjects/nofretete/2502/painted-replica-bust-of-nefertiti-gf-539?c=101031
    But I printed my own using this hollowed-out version of the #NefertitiHack model, And You Can Too:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1372787
    (here's some photos)
    https://storiesfromtheinter.net/post/611692761627934720

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    16: I FEEL SO LONELY // WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

    16: I FEEL SO LONELY // WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

    I was recently asked if I’d include my scripts in the episode notes. I’m happy to do so! Read along at your leisure here:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P1XOLvBoYXXlffn1Q0YSrN3zwO3uRmuBp39pgRWmulU/edit?usp=sharing 
    Molly Osberg writes for Fusion about the relationships between the first camgirls:
    https://fusion.tv/story/385606/jennicam-first-female-lifecasters-camgirls/

    I’ve been assured by Paul Brown, who ran a Jennicam fansite, that Jennicam updated every fifteen minutes, with the premium feed refreshing every two minutes. People have written that the site updated at a variety of speeds - every 15 seconds, every three minutes, every twenty minutes, and so on - but the general state of things was a new image every fifteen minutes. Mr. Brown writes in his email to me:
    “As I remember it, however, there were a few times here and there when the updates were more frequent. That was definitely a rare and short duration thing.”
    Also, I state in the episode that Jennicam’s premium feed was $15/month, but it was actually $15/year. No wonder she went into debt.

    Alex Goldman, producer and co-host of the Reply All podcast, was obsessed with Jenni and spent a year tracking her down for a 2014 interview. You might be interested in hearing more from him on his connection to her website (unfortunately, his page of additional material he references has been lost to bit rot):
    https://gimletmedia.com/episode/5-the-jennicam/ 
    A partial archive of JenniSHOW, Jenni's online video series from 1998 (remember, Jennicam worked in serialized photos):
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdXBHnkRzp7l9j4Ac7nhsxbpiIlseKd5o 
    Jenni’s 1998 Letterman interview:
    https://youtu.be/0AmIntaD5VE 
    The salacious WaPo article: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-09-04-0009011003-story.html 
    Jenni’s “I FEEL SO LONELY” post-it sign: http://www.polyamory.org/~howard/Poetry/9701272308.jpg (ps check that /poetry/ directory. just wild)
    Josh Harris’ “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC” sign:
    https://storiesfromtheinter.net/post/189691653275

    Steven Kaplan, who was one of the pod people in Quiet, reflects on it here:
    https://post.thing.net/node/2800 (with photos!)
    rent WE LIVE IN PUBLIC here (or if you know me IRL, come over and we’ll watch it):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnt23PA2zZ4 
    A profile of Justin.tv’s early days. It’s interesting to compare Justin Kan’s reaction to 24/7 surveillance to Jenny’s:
    https://www.fastcompany.com/1839300/many-pivots-justintv-how-livecam-show-became-home-video-gaming-superstars
    essay by Ana Voog, of “anacam”, about her early days Online and then walking away from it:
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywe9wv/anacam-anna-voog-livestream-web-cam-art
    ANIL DASH: “Now we are all Jennicam.” https://twitter.com/anildash/status/492060636218544128 
    YT vid: “JenniCAM Invented Reality TV” (as discussed in the ep, that was MTV’s The Real World, but it’s a good video): 
    https://youtu.be/4ii0gLK3meM
    Closing music: Anais Mitchell - 1984
    Additional audio resources provided by:
    https://freesound.org/people/ERH/

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