12 episodes

The internet is unrecognisable when you remove talking to strangers from it. It feels suddenly less useful. You probably don't know most of the people you follow on Twitter, but you might have discussed each other's mental health. You're never going to meet everyone you upvote on Reddit, but you've shared in their best moments and eavesdropped on their worst.

Thanks to this ability to connect with people, we don’t have to physically isolate ourselves to be part of a community anymore. The internet means we can expose ourselves to ideas that would have usually never entered our lives.

This podcast is about groups of people on the internet and why they connect with each other. It’s about forums, niche conversations, moderators, and new languages. It’s also about how these groups could sometimes, even just a little bit, be compared to cults. 

All episodes written and edited by: Helen McCarthy (@helenlmccarthy)
Music by: Antti Luode (http://anttismusic.blogspot.co.uk)

That's a Cult? Helen McCarthy

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 83 Ratings

The internet is unrecognisable when you remove talking to strangers from it. It feels suddenly less useful. You probably don't know most of the people you follow on Twitter, but you might have discussed each other's mental health. You're never going to meet everyone you upvote on Reddit, but you've shared in their best moments and eavesdropped on their worst.

Thanks to this ability to connect with people, we don’t have to physically isolate ourselves to be part of a community anymore. The internet means we can expose ourselves to ideas that would have usually never entered our lives.

This podcast is about groups of people on the internet and why they connect with each other. It’s about forums, niche conversations, moderators, and new languages. It’s also about how these groups could sometimes, even just a little bit, be compared to cults. 

All episodes written and edited by: Helen McCarthy (@helenlmccarthy)
Music by: Antti Luode (http://anttismusic.blogspot.co.uk)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

tash9999999 ,

Love this

I look forward to every episode. One of my favourite podcasts

ABrownPenny ,

Enjoyable and thought provoking

I have been fascinated by cults and came across this podcast after a random google. Is it technically perfect? No. Is it well researched, well thought out, and does it present a range of views on interesting topics? Yes and made me question the way I think analyse things. Over all I really enjoy this podcast, especially the MLM schemes topic - I think I had a lucky escape from joining one of these, the episode was a real eye opener!

JoeE2708 ,

Great, balanced podcast on some weird groups

Big fan of Helen! The topics are great and not to be taken too seriously.

P.S. Congrats on the new mic 😂

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