Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
Congratulations, it was weird, it was lonely, frustrating and unprecedented. What changes forever after this, and what whips back? Also, you used to use video streaming services to chill out, now use them to sweat. Plus, one of the biggest adult entertainment sites is under fire - are there implications for the rest of the digital world?
Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Cameron Wilson, internet reporter, BuzzFeed News Australia @cameronwilson.
Movies are dead now (apparently)
Wonder Woman 1984, Dune, The Matrix 4, Godzilla v Kong were slated to be the blockbusters of 2021, but they won’t be played in US cinemas. What does it mean for movie lovers in Australia? Is this hastening the end of the big screen experience? Plus, the high-profile AI ethics expert who has left Google and why her departure is so controversial. And the major company that’s pulled the plug on self-driving cars. Guests: Jessie Hughes, VR expert and creative technologist + Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus
OnlyFans: The future of the internet?
It’s a service that’s become famous for adult entertainers that may well have cracked a conundrum facing creative people on the internet – how to get paid. What is it that makes Hyperloop special and do we want it in Australia? Plus, has the gaming world inadvertently gifted the world a social media platform that's not a horrible trash fire? Guests: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC Good Game Spawn Point
Fitbit for pets and can Maru stop online bullying?
Fitness trackers for pooches - has your pet reached their step count? Across the world more than half of all girls have been harassed or abused online. Can ‘Maru’, an anti-harassment chatbot help? Plus, Twitter has unleashed its latest new feature and in a surprise to precisely no one, lots of people are complaining.
Guests: Jocelyn Brewer, psychologist, cyberpsychology consultant @diginutrition + Nic Healey, breakfast presenter ABC Western Plains @dr_nic
The new core of Apple+ Robodebt payout
The Federal Government has agreed to pay $112 million in compensation for its botched robo-debt welfare recovery scheme. How did it go so wrong? Can Airbnb weather the pandemic? Plus, what happens when one of the world’s most valuable computer companies breaks up with the firm that has made their insides tick along for many years? Guests: Peter Wells, tech writer and host of Meta, a podcast about podcasts @peterwells + Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley
Netflix invents a 'TV channel' and the alt-right flock to Facebook rival Parler
The bold, innovation from Netflix — we believe it’s called television! How the social media giants fared against the torrent of US election misinformation. Plus, are people leaving Facebook for new right-leaning social media apps? And why does Google want to buy a fitness tracker company?
Guests: Ariel Bogle, analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC Good Game Spawn Point