29 episodes

Once a podcast about desire, now a podcast about our lives online.

The Computer Room Default Friend

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 76 Ratings

Once a podcast about desire, now a podcast about our lives online.

    Mini-sode: The Tokenization of Everything ft. Meta-Nomad

    Mini-sode: The Tokenization of Everything ft. Meta-Nomad

    Meta-Nomad, the host of another one of my favorite podcasts, Hermitix, and I talk about cyclical backlashes, the frontiersmen of the Metaverse, walking the walk, and the importance of starting a garden.

    I cut this one a little short because towards the end, it got a little inside baseball and we went on a long tangent about a specific book. Initially, I was planning on this being released in written format, but was pleasantly surprised that the audio quality wasn't too too bad.
    Theme: Telekon by Gary Numan

    Listen to Hermitix:

    • 46 min
    This Used To Be Real Estate ft. John Zerzan

    This Used To Be Real Estate ft. John Zerzan

    This is an interview with the anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan.

    What to say about John. He’s a really nice guy. He’s anti-civilization, but not an accelerationist (as far as I know). He’s an icon. There’s also a chance you don’t know who he is.

    John Zerzan was one of the first philosophers I ever read. I’ve been a fan of his work since I was very young. I remember a long, long time ago, it must have been the mid-2000s, anarcho-primitivism was having a real moment online. I was old enough to grok it, young enough to still be enchanted by it. As I’ve grown older, there’s lots about his work that I can’t totally get behind or relate to (for example, one thing I’m learning about my politics, whatever they are, is that I don’t believe you can eliminate hierarchy), but I still think it’s well worth checking out. His commentary on symbolic thought, time, and computers are both especially interesting and prescient.

    • 56 min
    Welcome to the Group Chat ft. Nymphet Alumni

    Welcome to the Group Chat ft. Nymphet Alumni

    On this episode, I talk to the hostesses my favorite podcast, Nymphet Alumni. We talk about the lolcowification of TikTok, Marshall McLuhan, what would happen if Tavi Gevinson met Curtis Yarvin, incel ascension, and a hell of a lot more. One of my favorite episodes yet.

    Also, I quote a hypothetical Russian person at some point. I'm not Russian. The person I made up for my example is!

    Listen to Nymphet Alumni here: https://nymphetalumni.transistor.fm/

    Other relevant links:

    Theme: Lolita Ya-Ya by Nelson Riddle

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Digital Confessional ft. Atoosa Rubenstein

    Digital Confessional ft. Atoosa Rubenstein

    I have a backlog of episodes! This is a conversation I did with Atoosa Rubenstein, former Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen and founder of Cosmogirl, in January (😅) about her career, the importance of content curation, and her wonderful Substack, Atoosa Unedited.

    P.S. I was sick once again while recording and there are a lot of "I'm sick" noises in this episode. I'm sorry.

    • 59 min
    Technology for Conviviality ft. LM Sacasas

    Technology for Conviviality ft. LM Sacasas

    I spoke with the writer and technological theorist L.M. Sacasas about his work, grounding your perception of digital technology in philosophy, and moving towards a more coherent understanding of what the Internet is. Subscribe to his Substack here: https://theconvivialsociety.substack.com/.

    Produced by: Will Kraus

    • 58 min
    The Android and the Human

    The Android and the Human

    Today, Emmet and I discussed PKD's sprawling 1972 speech from the Vancouver Science Fiction Convention, "The Android and the Human."

    I encourage everyone read the whole piece here, but it's perhaps best summed up by the following quote:
    Our environment — and I mean our man-made world of machines, artificial constructs, computers, electronic systems, interlinking homeostatic components — all of this is in fact beginning more and more to possess what the earnest psychologists fear the primitive sees in his environment: animation. In a very real sense our environment is becoming alive, or at least quasi-alive, and in ways specifically and fundamentally analogous to ourselves...Rather than learning about ourselves by studying our constructs, perhaps we should make the attempt to comprehend what our constructs are up to by looking into what we ourselves are up to.

    Read it here: https://genius.com/Philip-k-dick-the-android-and-the-human-annotated

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Josh the Idle ,

My favorite intermittent podcast

I really love this podcast. I can’t remember the last time aesthetics/cultural criticism felt fresh. Every episode in the original format (df and pg, the hosts, discuss a couple of pieces of lit or cinema) has a ton of insight and has led me to look at lots of stuff I never would have touched, and revisit others with new perspective. The interviews are also fun, with a thematically unified and uncommon. The hosts deep, If complicated friendship underpins the whole show and creates moments of public vulnerability and mutual caring that are shockingly beautiful.

These two are sharply perceptive about geological shifts in our culture that are going to prove very influential in the coming years. I’m really grateful to have discovered it and I really hope they keep it going.

Fudgicle ,

I miss TPG!

Default Friend is good on her own, but what made After The Orgy really special was The Personality Girl. Or rather, the friendship between the two — it’s so rare to hear the conversations of real friends who have known each other since childhood, and especially rare that they’re both really smart and interesting. Try to get her back, will you?

cmeier32 ,

Bizarre but interesting

Their corner of reality is so alien to me I wouldn’t normally have thought to find it interesting but their narrative on it is oddly fascinating to listen to.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

This American Life
Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
B. Simone & Megan Brooks
Pineapple Street Studios | Wondery | Amazon Music

You Might Also Like

Alexandra Kaschuta
Walter Pearce and Honor Levy
The Fedpost
Nymphet Alumni
Red Scare