44 episodes

A podcast about our lives online.

The Computer Room Default Friend

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 105 Ratings

A podcast about our lives online.

    Coming of Age as a Gay Nerd Who's Afraid of Sex

    Coming of Age as a Gay Nerd Who's Afraid of Sex

    Katherine and Gio review the wonderfully weird film Rukus (2018), which is one part of coming of age story and one part mockumentary about furries.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Mini-sode: It's not friends in your head disorder ft. the Tally Mark System

    Mini-sode: It's not friends in your head disorder ft. the Tally Mark System

    Katherine sits down with Tal from the Tally Mark System to discuss the much misunderstood Dissociative Identity Disorder and its complementary TikTok community. Find Tal here: https://tallymarksystem.carrd.co/.

    • 33 min
    Mini-sode: I love my waifu, Sayaka Maizono ft. Tobyn Jacobs

    Mini-sode: I love my waifu, Sayaka Maizono ft. Tobyn Jacobs

    In today’s mini-sode, I talked to Tobyn Jacobs about cut-out art, waifus, and whether or not it’s all just a bit.

    • 23 min
    Pretty Intense New Year Episode ft. applemilk1988

    Pretty Intense New Year Episode ft. applemilk1988

    In our first episode of 2024 (naturally recorded in September), we interview pretty intense early Japanese language YouTuber applemilk1988 about Stickam, Encyclopedia Dramatica, proto-e-girls, and living in Japan.

    That McDonald's ad from forever ago: https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2023/09/22/japanese-mcdonalds-ad-with-anime-family-is-the-cutest-thing-ever/
    applemilk1988's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@applemilk1988
    applemilk1988's Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/sadappletea

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Man and Animal and Otherkin

    Man and Animal and Otherkin

    Gio and Kat discuss Agamben's book The Open: Man and Animal and what it has to do with otherkins. They read some of it out loud and may or may have not butchered some of the pronunciations. If you need to fast-forward through those parts, peep the PDF of the book here: http://ewa.home.amu.edu.pl/Agamben,%20The%20Open.pdf

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Mini-sode: Cartoon Love

    Mini-sode: Cartoon Love

    Episodes with Gio coming THIS WEEK. We talk so much I haven't been able to edit them down to manageable episodes. I promise!!

    I spoke to fictophile/fictosexual Cait Calder about what it’s like to have a fictional crush.

    When I first talked about fictosexuality over at UnHerd, I got a lot of pushback: Why does this need to be labeled? Don’t all women do this?

    To some extent, sure. The success of Twilight and Fifty Shades is illustrative. Before that, Stephen King wrote an entire book about women's tendency to fall in love not only with fictional characters but with fiction itself—Misery. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth both labeling and exploring. I’m not of the school of thought that the exercise of labeling these more fringe expressions of sexuality is excessive or decadent. If I’ve learned anything from being Terminally Online, it’s that most of these things aren’t “fake.” They’re unconventional and our language hasn’t caught up the way even television has impacted people’s emotional landscapes.

    Online dating, objectum sexuality (when you fall in love with an object, like a robot or a rollercoaster), the limerence of writers like Dante Alighieri, fandom, divine devotion, and fictophilia all exist on a spectrum.

    What are the contours of that spectrum, though? “Loneliness” isn’t a good enough answer. I’m still figuring it out.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

AngelaK1993 ,

Amazing podcast

Katherine Dee is thoughtful and incisive. It’s clear that her commentary is the product of years of nuanced interrogation and immersion into contemporary culture. A truly unique voice.

Joshyapplecider ,

A history of the 21st century

The Computer Room is about the Internet and culture and is really a history of some aspects of our time. From Lanza-lore to Peating and everywhere in between. Just a pretty incredible span with a host and guests who’ve all spent too much time on the Internet.

Bmacheartscats ,

Great willingness to explore and in entertaining fashion.

Katherine Dee is a charming, intelligent

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