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We are living in a time where a JPEG can sell for a million dollars, celebrities openly endorse Ponzi schemes and when what you've invented doesn't matter nearly as much as what you say you've invented. As snake oil increasingly becomes our new currency, regulators and lawmakers are asleep at the wheel while pay-to-play journalists pump out puff pieces from their slurp juice-induced hangovers. Join us as we explore the dizzying, unending roster of these 2020s-era rackets. Welcome to the age of GRIFTONOMICS.

GRIFTONOMICS Jackson Palmer

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We are living in a time where a JPEG can sell for a million dollars, celebrities openly endorse Ponzi schemes and when what you've invented doesn't matter nearly as much as what you say you've invented. As snake oil increasingly becomes our new currency, regulators and lawmakers are asleep at the wheel while pay-to-play journalists pump out puff pieces from their slurp juice-induced hangovers. Join us as we explore the dizzying, unending roster of these 2020s-era rackets. Welcome to the age of GRIFTONOMICS.

    The Cancel Culture Con (w/ Katelyn Burns)

    The Cancel Culture Con (w/ Katelyn Burns)

    The notion of being “canceled” online is a fear held by many, often associated with consequences such as losing your job, friends and reputation. But increasingly, so-called “canceled” individuals seem to be fairing OK, and those consequences are becoming harder to find. So what does “cancel culture” mean in this day and age, and is it really a ticket to being exiled from society, or the road to getting your very own comedy special? To help explore this topic we’re joined by Katelyn Burns, MSNBC columnist and co-host of the Cancel Me, Daddy podcast.

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    • 55 min
    The Road to Nowhere (w/ Paris Marx)

    The Road to Nowhere (w/ Paris Marx)

    Electric cars, underground tunnels, and autonomous vehicles are just a few of the fantastical ideas you’ve probably heard about when it comes to news coverage of the transport industry. But how did we get here? Are these sci-fi concepts really the future of our society, or should we rethink more than just the dominance of the automobile as we consider the future of transport? To help us explore this topic, we’re joined by Paris Marx, author of the book "Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation" and host of the "Tech Won't Save Us" podcast.

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    • 58 min
    Life According to Longtermism (w/ Émile P. Torres)

    Life According to Longtermism (w/ Émile P. Torres)

    If you’ve been following the tweets and interviews of our billionaire class lately, you may have noticed a recent interest from this group in topics such as global birth rates, colonizing far away planets and downloading your brain to a computer. Some billionaires have gone as far to share what they call a “longtermism” philosophy; endorsing, and in many cases, donating to organizations aligned with this belief system. But what is longtermism, and does it really have humanity’s best interests at heart? To help explore the topic we’re joined by philosopher and writer Émile P. Torres.

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    • 56 min
    The Reality of Virtual Real Estate (w/ Jathan Sadowski)

    The Reality of Virtual Real Estate (w/ Jathan Sadowski)

    We’re living in a time where a large portion of the population can only dream of owning their own house or land due to increasing prices and stagnant wages, but alas, something called “virtual” real estate is a hot new market, raking in billions of dollars in sales in the last year alone.

    But why would anyone want to own virtual real estate and who are the driving forces behind it’s sudden popularity? To help us explore this topic, we’re joined by Jathan Sadowski, Senior Fellow at the Emerging Technology Lab of Monash University and host of the This Machine Kills podcast.

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    The "Buy Now, Pay Later" Bubble (w/ Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan of FT)

    The "Buy Now, Pay Later" Bubble (w/ Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan of FT)

    If you’ve made a purchase online recently, you’ve probably encountered the option to “Buy Now, Pay Later”. In the last few years, dozens of tech startups have sprouted up and have been successful in convincing merchants to offer their service to consumers. 

    With a market already estimated to be in excess of $100B, the industry is growing quickly and now bigger players such as PayPal and Apple are jumping on the bandwagon. But how do these services really work, are they safe, and how do they differ from just using your credit card? To help answer these questions, we’re joined by Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan, the Financial Times' banking and fintech correspondent.

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    • 45 min
    Mapping The Manosphere (w/ münecat)

    Mapping The Manosphere (w/ münecat)

    In recent years you may have heard of something called the “Manosphere”. Existing across a range of mediums and levels of cringe, content focusing heavily on embracing one’s masculinity, quickly descending into misogyny, has acted as a pipeline for radicalization - especially amongst younger men. But who are the people running this, what are their real motives and are they making a buck from their disciples?  To help us unravel these questions, we’re joined by video essayist and musician münecat. Watch her video on "The Manosphere" here.

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    • 36 min

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