15 episodes

A podcast about and for the internet, hosted by Mike Rugnetta

Never Post Charts & Leisure

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

A podcast about and for the internet, hosted by Mike Rugnetta

    Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

    Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

    Georgia digs deep into the enshittification of dating apps, and pays dearly as a result. Mike talks to Aftermath co-founder Luke Plunkett about recent, massive changes to Google’s Page Rank algorithm, and the risk of reconfiguring entire industries to pander to search traffic. And also: An AI Voice Clone of Mike is set to *maximum chaos*. 

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    Intro Links
    Belle Delphine earned over $90K selling jars of her bathwater in 2019. PayPal only released her money this week – Katie Notopulous, Business InsiderSlack has been using data from your chats to train its machine learning models – Will Shanklin, EngadgetIt’s the End of Google Search As We Know It – Lauren Goode, WIREDUber and Lyft agree to deal with state lawmakers on minimum pay rates for drivers – Max Nesterak, Minnesota ReformerIGN Entertainment acquires Eurogamer, GI, VG247, Rock Paper Shotgun and more –  Christopher Dring, gameindustry.bizIGN buys Eurogamer, VG247, and Rock Paper Shotgun – layoffs have already started – Game Central, Metro.co.ukNever Post at XOXO 2024 12 Best Podcasts of 2024 (So Far) – Lauren Passell, Lifehacker Mike on Blocked Party–
    Dating Apps (derogatory)
    Dating Apps: The Uncertainty of Marketised Lovehttps://www.tiktok.com/@officialbrept/video/7028325781537393925?_t=8lrDLmaKbTa&_r=1https://www.tiktok.com/@hannahgraser/video/7117094997484309806?_r=1&_t=8ly4uYqQrPDhttps://www.tiktok.com/@harmonythread/video/7262952885158235435?_t=8lwOVY3O0LP&_r=1https://www.tiktok.com/@hannahgraser/video/7125991346489314603?_t=8lwOSDK1l3H&_r=1https://www.tiktok.com/@jordanzhang13/video/7036251495951535366?_t=8m88ojNTm3y&_r=1–
    Google Scruples
    Find Luke at Aftermath.siteGoogle Kneecaps Loads Of Very Big Websites After SEO ChangeWorkers At The Gamurs Group Of Video Game Websites Describe It As ‘Hell’The Perfect Webpage: How the internet reshaped itself around Google’s search algorithms –
    Never Post’s producers are Audrey Evans, Georgia Hampton and The Mysterious Dr. Firstname Lastname. Our senior producer is Hans Buetow. Our executive producer is Jason Oberholtzer. The show’s host is Mike Rugnetta. 
    Foot, how you press
     me to keep that
     old contact alive
    the repeated daily sentiment
     of pace so
     grim, always that
    untrusting silence

    untitled, by JH Prynne, from The White Stones

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    Everyone is a Journalish

    Everyone is a Journalish

    The second and final installment of our two part collab with Slate’s ICYMI! Mike talks with mis- and disinformation researcher Joan Donovan about the line between gossip and conspiracy; then ICYMI’s Candice and Rachelle join us to talk about what it feels like swimming in the wide open sea of monocultural event discourse. Also: C-SPAN’s earliest internet memories!

    Special thanks to Candice, Rachelle, Se’era, Daisy and the whole ICYMI team! Please listen to them on slate.com and wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Everyone is a Journalish
    Find Joan at her websiteand at publicinterestinter.net–
    Never Post’s producers are Audrey Evans, Georgia Hampton and The Mysterious Dr. Firstname Lastname. Our senior producer is Hans Buetow. Our executive producer is Jason Oberholtzer. The show’s host is Mike Rugnetta. 
    vertigo of too many nuances
    don’t drown in their rapidity
    choose the nuances you love
    and settle down with them

    Excerpt of #45 - butter colored slacks and rubber rum balls by Wayne Koestenbaum

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    ICYMI x NP: How Kate Middleton's Disappearance Redefined Monoculture

    ICYMI x NP: How Kate Middleton's Disappearance Redefined Monoculture

    This week, we got TWO episodes coming at you - one today and one on Saturday. Both are a collaboration with the incredible team at the Slate Podcast ICYMI.
    In today's episode, the first of our collaboration, Mike guests on ICYMI, where they break down one of 2024’s biggest internet stories and ask: what's the recipe for a rare monocultural event?
    It's been more than a month since Kate Middleton announced she'd started preventative chemotherapy treatments following a cancer diagnosis. Which means it's also been just over a month since conspiracy theories about the princess ran rampant across the internet. As an increasingly algorithmic internet silos us further into our own little content niches, all-consuming events like Kate Middleton's disappearance are fewer and far between. So what does it take, in 2024, to capture the internet's attention and create these rare monocultural moments?
    ICYMI is produced by Se'era Spragley Ricks, Daisy Rosario, Candice Lim and Rachelle Hampton.
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    Car Tok

    Car Tok

    Senior producer Hans Buetow investigates the transit vacuum that’ll be left when Uber and Lyft leave the Twin Cities; Mike looks at how the car has become a default setting for vertical, short form video. Also: PLANES, TRAINS… BIKES

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    Intro Links
    The House just voted on a potential TikTok ban (again). Now what? – CNNBiden signs a bill that could ban TikTok — after the 2024 election – NBC NewsSteve Mnuchin seeks AI partner to rebuild TikTok’s algorithm in takeover bid: sources – NY PostGoogle blocks California news in response to bill that would force tech giant to pay – NPRWhen Facebook bans the news – Matt PearceNvidia drops 10% as investors see risk in Big Tech shares – FTSuper Micro And Nvidia Stock Woes Could Mean Trouble For Generative AI – ForbesAuthorJMac TweetMike on The Eurowhat PodcastIf You Love Podcasts, Dump Spotify – Alex Sujong Laughlin, Defector–
    Twin Cities Transit Vacuum
    Minnesota Reformer Uber ArchivesMax Nesterak is on Twitter –
    The American Car 
    Garlic Naan And Butter Chicken Fountain?! – TiktokDavid After Dentist – YouTubeTaco Reacts – TiktokThe American Room – Paul Ford, MediumIt is NOT My day – Tiktokforget a rage room, ima just rent out my car so y’all can scream in it – Evelyn, TiktokShanin Blake – TiktokDear single parents ~ when I was 18 I got pregnant with my daughter and her dad went to prison right after she was born, so I was on my own. – Shanin Blake, InstagramThis is our home her name is Nancy 🚐 – Shanin Blake, InstagramGood morning! I love living in a mom van!!! – Shanin Blake, Instagram–
    Never Post’s producers are Audrey Evans, Georgia Hampton and The Mysterious Dr. Firstname Lastname. Our senior producer is Hans Buetow. Our executive producer is Jason Oberholtzer. The show’s host is Mike Rugnetta. 
    To understand what was going on it is perhaps necessary to have participated in the freeway experience, which is the only secular communion Los Angeles has. Mere driving on the freeway is in no way the same as participating in it. Anyone can “drive” on the freeway, and many people with no vocation for it do, hesitating here and resisting there, losing the rhythm of the lane change, thinking about where they came from and where they are going. Actual participants think only about where they are. Actual participation requires a total surrender, a concentration so intense as to seem a kind of narcosis, a rapture-of-the-freeway. The mind goes clean. The rhythm takes over. A distortion of time occurs, the same distortion that characterizes the instant before an accident.

    Except from The Bureaucrats, by Joan Didion

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    • 57 min
    Interlude: Important Emails, Extended Cut

    Interlude: Important Emails, Extended Cut

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    It’s easier to read the mind of a fox than to guess   
    what a man’s about to say when he returns   
    from the woods         head full of roots         veins   
    more like branches         shoes in one hand         feet   
    blistered         and none of this necessarily   
    an indication of how the feet feel         what miles   
    uphill and back have done to the soles   
    and to the small bones that propel a man

    Excerpt of Rest Before You Sleep
    By Dionisio D. Martínez
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    • 39 min
    Mailbag, Episodes 4-6

    Mailbag, Episodes 4-6

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

NoraSpaceAce ,

My new 99% Invisible

I used to watch Mike Rugnetta's PBS online show, so I was delightfully surprised to recognize his name in a Garbage Day newsletter! Figured I'd give the podcast a try, and everything I like!

Informative, nuanced, space for humor as well. Thoughtful, and the hosts and guests truly care about their topics.

It's kinda like 99PI but about the internet. And no ads for giant oil companies or AI devices.

ThisIsBenSilver ,

Thoughtful, unpretentious, analysis of real world and internet culture

Never Post is honestly a breath of fresh air. They analyze the intersections of internet and “real life” culture in a way that is profoundly thoughtful, but not pretentious. They also do a fantastic job of making the content understandable when a concept or terminology might be new to you. As far as pacing and tone, it actually reminds me a lot of Mr. Rogers. It’s really calm and deliberate. They also maintain a consistent speed, so if you listen to your podcasts sped up there aren’t random sections that become too fast because the host started speaking quickly. Plus it has a really broad and diverse set of hosts. The content is consistently high quality and brings in many voices without feeling disjointed. It may be a new podcast… but I’ve followed several of the hosts for years and Never Post hits the high bars they’ve set on mediums like YouTube. I have one final thought to add- Cultural and media literacy are so important, but critical thinking seems rarer and rarer by the day. It’s kind of strange to say… but the Never Post hosts are essentially professional thinkers. And they lead by example, which subtly encourages you to think more critically in the world. Listening to their thoughtful insights often makes me think about other things in different ways- sort of like how hanging out musicians might change the way you think about music.
Oh and it’s independently produced!
A+

Caleb Alexander ,

Excellent Stories, Exciting Team

Never Post continues the excellent work of Mike Rugnetta (PBS Idea Channel, Fun City/Float City) while introducing an expanded team of top notch internet culture reporters. The team brings critical voices and interesting stories to the front. The letters episode also highlights that the team is very responsive to their audience. This is a show to keep an eye on and enjoy all along the way.

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