13 episodes

Power User explores how technology and the internet are upending our lives and the world around us. Each week, tech journalist Taylor Lorenz explores everything from online fame to emerging platforms, viral phenomena to the creator economy, and much more. Tune in on Thursdays for the most influential stories that Silicon Valley often ignores.
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Power User with Taylor Lorenz Vox Media

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    • 3.8 • 74 Ratings

Power User explores how technology and the internet are upending our lives and the world around us. Each week, tech journalist Taylor Lorenz explores everything from online fame to emerging platforms, viral phenomena to the creator economy, and much more. Tune in on Thursdays for the most influential stories that Silicon Valley often ignores.
From the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Is it ever okay to film strangers in public? + Trump’s new TikTok + MrBeast hits #1

    Is it ever okay to film strangers in public? + Trump’s new TikTok + MrBeast hits #1

    The record-breaking Instagram account @world_record_egg has returned to publicly express its support for Palestine. Trump joins TikTok and immediately amasses millions of followers. Mr. Beast becomes the most subscribed to YouTube channel. Plus, Taylor Lorenz breaks down the 2022 deal TikTok offered the U.S. government, which included a “kill switch” to shut down the app.
    Later, Vox’s Rebecca Jennings joins Taylor to discuss crowdsourced surveillance and the ethics of filming strangers in public.
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    • 33 min
    Is a Tech Utopia a Dystopia for Everyone Else?

    Is a Tech Utopia a Dystopia for Everyone Else?

    Meet the powerful centimillionaire who dreams of a sovereign San Francisco where tech millionaires wear gray T-shirts to signal their allegiance and progressives are locked out. Balaji Srinivasan is one of the most infamous, yet lesser-known, figures in Silicon Valley. Journalist Gil Duran, who reports on tech fascism and billionaire extremism, joins Taylor to discuss Balaji’s ideas, background, and why you should take him seriously.
    Full video of this episode will be available on Taylor's YouTube channel


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    • 42 min
    'Zombie Facebook' takes over + ScarJo vs OpenAI

    'Zombie Facebook' takes over + ScarJo vs OpenAI

    Have you been on Facebook lately? It’s weird and overrun with bizarre, AI-generated, spammy clickbait. Jason Koebler, co-founder of 404 Media and host of The 404 Media Podcast joins Taylor Lorenz to discuss how this happened and who’s behind it all.
    Later, Taylor weighs in on Scarlett Johansson’s accusation that Open AI mimicked her voice, a new video game about influencers risking their lives for content, Belle Delphine’s bathwater, and a baby who’s hyped to go to the Four Seasons Orlando.

    Full video of this episode will be available on Taylor's YouTube channel


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    • 42 min
    Is the celebrity 'blockout' working? + TikTok creators sue the U.S.

    Is the celebrity 'blockout' working? + TikTok creators sue the U.S.

    This week, TikTok creators sue the US government over free speech, Bumble tells women to get busy, YouTube’s CEO wants creators to win Emmys, and Google’s new AI gives some bad advice.

    Later, Taylor Lorenz chats with Kate Lindsay, co-founder of the Embedded newsletter, about a new social media movement called “Blockout 2024.” The campaign encourages users to block celebrities who haven’t publicly condemned the attacks in Gaza. But is it working? 

    Full video of this episode will be available on Taylor's YouTube channel


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    • 33 min
    What's up with Fake Podcast Ads, AI Audiobooks and the Audio Creator Economy?

    What's up with Fake Podcast Ads, AI Audiobooks and the Audio Creator Economy?

    Bloomberg’s Ashley Carman joins Taylor Lorenz to discuss the current state of audio and its creator economy. They discuss Spotify's impact and how close we are to achieving the decade-long dream of viral audio. Plus, Ashley takes us into the ridiculous world of fake podcast ads on TikTok and the rise of audiobooks and AI narrators.
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    • 24 min
    Are "Industry Plants" Real? + 'The Social Network' Sequel

    Are "Industry Plants" Real? + 'The Social Network' Sequel

    Kanye West accused one of the most popular Twitch streamers, Kai Cenat, of being an “industry plant.” It perpetuated the idea that some internet celebrities became famous thanks to invisible forces pulling the strings. But in a business as fickle as online content creation, is an industry plant even possible? Taylor Lorenz asks Maxwell Mitcheson, a partner at Underscore Talent.

    Later, Taylor weighs in on Aaron Sorkin hinting at a possible follow-up to The Social Network, plans for a new tech utopia in San Francisco, Adam Mosseri’s big Instagram update, and Threads hitting 150 million active users.

    Full video of this episode will be available on Taylor's YouTube channel


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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

showfan888 ,

Meh

Not bad for free entertainment but a little disappointing. Taylor seems to be using it as a vehicle to promote her own (debatable) opinions vs. providing an evenhanded take on news. Unfortunately she’s so far primarily booked guests who agree with her on topics so I’m generally left after listening with the feeling that I only got half the picture. Maybe when she gets more experience she’ll learn how to present all sides, use data, and how to host those who challenge her opinions

womplyschmoop ,

Taylor is a denialist

Her latest bits of reporting have not only been misleading, complete with bias, and factually incorrect, but also just plain dangerous. The brain worms are spreading, and Taylor has become a full fledged r-denier. Having already peaked in her career, this podcast is just another in her many attempts at money grabbing with mediocre and poorly thought out content

JCASEA ,

Smart! Excellent Interviewer

Update: Voice much improved. Overall: you deserve 5 stars.

OLD: Taylor Lorenz: smart, highly qualified…grateful for your reporting. Just started listening to your podcast…really, one minute in, and…

Podcasting: the voice is everything. EVERYTHING. You’re in our ears. Please, please, please: get voice training to lower your range, modulate the ups and downs, and frankly: give you power, because your voice is powerful.

I promise: 5 stars to come if my ears can listen to YOU with appreciation of what I’m hearing…

This is an issue for so many podcasters; I’m wishing only success for you.

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