Co-hosts Ryan Broderick and Luke Bailey pull back the curtain on how online platforms are making all of us feel completely insane.
We're Not Ready For TikTok To Be This Popular
We're going deep on TikTok this week. We're talking about Alabama rush week, Couch Guy, LamboGate, and the Puncher Of W 4th Street. If you don't know what any of that means, don't worry, we'll walk you through it all. Our central thesis is this: TikTok is on track to become the biggest social media platform in America and as it gets bigger, things are going to start spinning out of control very fast.
A Facebook Page About Cats Is Outperforming Ben Shapiro
Our dive into the murky waters of Facebook gets even weirder and stranger this week. Right now, there are a handful of seemingly random, most-likely automated Facebook pages about animals that are outperforming some of the biggest publishers on the platform. But the big question is… why?
What If We Can't Break Up Facebook?
This week was a very bad week for Facebook. In fact, it was so bad that at one point it just simply didn't even exist anymore. It seems like the whole world right is wondering how to deal with the site. And now, thanks to a trove of leaked documents, we have the best picture we've ever had at how rotten the company is on the inside. But here's a troubling question: What if we've already missed our chance to untangle ourselves from the platform?
We Went Through Years Of OZY's Social Analytics And It Was Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined
This week's episode is a trip down a very strange rabbit hole. OZY is a wildly sketchy media company that is now being accused of fraud. So Luke and Ryan sat down and went through five years worth of the company's social analytics, across Comscore, CrowdTangle, and SocialBlade. What they discovered was stranger and more confusing than they ever imagined. But they also came very close to getting a full picture of what OZY appears to have been doing for the last few years and why.
The Algorithmic Feedback Loop Of The Gabby Petito Disappearance
This week's big story is about the disappearance of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old who went missing last month and whose remains were found earlier this week. Her boyfriend is currently missing, after returning from vacation without her. And her social accounts have exploded in activity, becoming one of the biggest trending topics in the country. We're examining the parasocial dimensions to True Crime and how algorithms seize on this kind of content, pushing it to uncomfortable and grim extremes. It's a heavy episode, but it's a good one.
We Went Through Seven Years Worth Of Facebook Analytics
Today we have an extra big episode. It's a project that Luke has been wanting to dive into for a long time. We went through seven years worth of blog posts from the social analytics website Newswhip, which rank the top publishers and content on Facebook. What we discovered was actually far darker than we expected. This is the story of how the modern internet was created and it doesn't have a happy ending. Head over to our Patreon for a full list of the Newswhip blog posts referenced in this episode.
Content Mines Is Great
Content Mines is great. I've been following Ryan Broderick since the Internet Explorer podcast which this podcast takes the best parts of and expands it into a reasonable conversation. I love this podcast and look forward each new episode especially after something crazy happens on the internet.
100% Pee Concentrate
While drinking pee, first thing in the morning, is often recommended by so-called “experts.” I’ve come to the conclusion that waiting until late night will work as a cold-brew of sorts and contain the maximum potency of that good kidney juice. I personally recommend to my clients to drink one full jar of pee, the squeeze of a lemon and one (1) dash of salt. Eating fruits, will add a fruity smell and taste that can only be fully appreciated once the pee has had to marinate in the internal organs, giving it a brisk, body, an aroma that the first pee of the day can’t compete with.
internet genie usses
I've been following Ryan for years – he's a journalist and internet historian. Luke is newer to me but is a super smart journalist too. In addition to being informative, they're fun and funny. If something culturally significant happens online I eagerly await their next episode. Hope they make this show for years to come.