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The confluence of profits, boutique "news" propaganda, psychology, and exploding hyper-connective technology: The Social Media Disease.

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The confluence of profits, boutique "news" propaganda, psychology, and exploding hyper-connective technology: The Social Media Disease.

    #107 - Social Media Avatars: Crazy, Stupid, or Full of Sh*t?

    #107 - Social Media Avatars: Crazy, Stupid, or Full of Sh*t?

    Trump's CPAC appearance marks the start of the 2024 campaign, barely a month into Biden's term. Will we survive this? After other contemporary messages of heartwarming fellowship and hope, Todd continues phoning his shows in, this time "reimagining" episode #64 which discussed performance-based validation addiction. Recorded at the beginning of the pandemic, other topics include how collective critical thought is impossible. You're not the Elephant Whisperer and their switch is internal. You can't "save" anyone! A timely reminder in the Age of Q. Also, leaving the vanquished a path home to save your own casualties.


     


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    #106 - Political Cults & Mobs 101

    #106 - Political Cults & Mobs 101

    After a 2021 open, your friendly virtual Toddzilla mines early episodes, from 2014 & 2018, as a foreshadowing refresher on ideological religions and the Holy War being fueled by their proselytizing zombie hordes. Remember kids, mobs: they're f***ing stupid! Ask your doctor if intellectual autonomy is right for you! (RE27)


     


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    #105 - Exploration, Evolution, Death of a Propagandist

    #105 - Exploration, Evolution, Death of a Propagandist

    People are storytellers not truth seekers. And we're explorers to the core. If you're looking for something positive, exploration brings out the best in us. Good luck today, JPL!  How do we become more sophisticated informational consumers? Loved him? Hated him? Either way, Rush Limbaugh was probably the best and most influential for-profit propagandist ever. Also, finding the line between honesty and aggression, how the pandemic complicates a digital detox, and the relationship between money and exploration. 


     


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    #104 - Leaders, Puppets, Boils, and Show Trials

    #104 - Leaders, Puppets, Boils, and Show Trials

    Why aren't impeachments argued before the Supreme Court instead of pre-decided partisans? What better time to revisit the ridiculous idea of Mob Wisdom and the Plague of Democratized Opinion? Are the intentionally misinformed qualified to sit on a We The People's Court Jury? And, if "the people" are going to metaphorically kidnap and blackmail their representatives, should "news" outlets be subject to perjury laws?  Also, the weird thing that happens when abstractions come alive! 


     


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    #103 - From Moralist to Tyrant or The Fanatic's Imperative

    #103 - From Moralist to Tyrant or The Fanatic's Imperative

    What about the inevitable Iron Fist of the Collective and the short path between one's idealistic morality and political fanaticism? The batsh*t political poles have shifted apart again! Since no quarter is found between the cults' compounds, Todd asks once again: where's a legit centrist supposed to go? Also, a refresher on narratives, a quick introduction to Sowell's "constrained" and "unconstrained" visions, a very human NEED for propaganda, understanding why many Trump voters just hate Democrats, and our great crime against humanity: self-advocacy! 


     


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    #102 - The Other Insurgency & Where's Our Hashtag?

    #102 - The Other Insurgency & Where's Our Hashtag?

    In this sprawling and questionably improvised episode, your slightly medicated and possibly menstruating host discusses everything from subject-matter-futility to contemporary colonizers attacking native temples. How is life in the jungle different from the zoo? What happens when propaganda is simply met with boring ol' truth? Social media is propaganda's plutonium. What's the relationship between moral imperatives and political violence? Enjoy the silence, Trump: The Second Season starts soon.  And what about that search for lost or missing significance and meaning? Is there something more to it that we shouldn't ignore? 


     


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