29 episodes

What's that noise? In a world of grey areas, margins, and fuzziness, co-hosts Tommy and Derek pursue matters of confusion and clarity - however and whatever that means. Tune in for slightly academic and marginally intelligent discussions on a variety of topics with academics, researchers, community leaders, musicians, and noisemakers of all kinds! Episodes published on the 1st and 15th each month.

What's That Noise?! Derek Silva and Tommy Cooke

    • Society & Culture

What's that noise? In a world of grey areas, margins, and fuzziness, co-hosts Tommy and Derek pursue matters of confusion and clarity - however and whatever that means. Tune in for slightly academic and marginally intelligent discussions on a variety of topics with academics, researchers, community leaders, musicians, and noisemakers of all kinds! Episodes published on the 1st and 15th each month.

    Episode 29: Culture Industry, Media Fuel, and Celebrity Privacy

    Episode 29: Culture Industry, Media Fuel, and Celebrity Privacy

    Happy New Year, everyone! 
    Derek and I are excited to bring you our first episode of 2020. Today's chat is a follow-up to the last episode of 2019. If you haven't heard it yet, you'll want to go back and check it out or this episode will leave you feeling as confused as Tommy was after Episode 28: Kawhi Leonard and the Expectation of Privacy in the Public Sphere.
    Over the break, Tommy felt Episode 28 should be continued as a discussion about culture industry: the production of psychological need, desire, and interest through the mass production of capital goods - like sports, like social media, like the celebrity. Tommy entered the break unsettled with the idea that sports fans simply enjoy sports because they choose to - a notion that Tommy felt Derek was endorsing in the previous episode. As it turns out, this was not the case. Nonetheless, chatting about what was meant launches into a fascinating chat about how and whether we can think of celebrities as products versus drivers of culture industry. Their debate leads to an important and perhaps forever unsettle-able question: do we fuel the media, or does the media fuel us? Perhaps the question itself is misleading? Tune in the find out!
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Email us
    Subscribe for updates
     
    Follow us on Apple Music and Spotify 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 28: Kawhi Leonard and the Expectation of Privacy in the Public Sphere

    Episode 28: Kawhi Leonard and the Expectation of Privacy in the Public Sphere

    After the Toronto Raptors won their first championship in franchise history, attention quickly shifted from celebration to discussions of whether or not the team’s star player and finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, would resign with the team. What ensued was commonly referred to by media as the “Kawhi Watch,” which captivated the city, and perhaps even all of Canada, and led media and fans on path that would see them attempt to track and monitor Kawhi’s every move, on and offline.
    Perhaps predictably for Tommy and I, this whole thing led to questions related to the expectation of privacy in the public sphere. Why do we care so much about our own privacy and yet completely disregard the privacy of notable people? Why don’t people respect the privacy of individuals who may be – willingly or unwillingly - in the public eye? What do moments of extreme surveillance of notable people tell us about the so-called “surveillance society”? These are just a couple of the questions we touch on in this episode which, I must admit, is one of our personal favourite episodes of “What’s That Noise” to date.
    The voice that you hear in the intro and outro is none other than Kristi Lee, host of the podcast Canadian True Crime. Please support Kristi's excellent work by checking out her show on any of your favourite podcast apps.
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Subscribe for updates
    Email us: wtncast@gmail.com
    Follow us on Apple Music and on Spotify 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 27: A Life in Labs

    Episode 27: A Life in Labs

    Imagine spending 24.5 years in a specific laboratory. And then imagine switching, to seemingly start all over again. In this show Tommy chats with Dr. Karen Rees-Milton, a veteran bench scientist who is expertly versed in protein biochemistry, enzyme kinetics, classical biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell culture, and glycobiology. After nearly a decade as a research coordinator, Dr. Rees-Milton has completely switched gears: computer programming. Karen's new work on Laboratory Information Management System design recently crossed paths with Tommy's empirical work on privacy data at the Surveillance Studies Centre, leading to a reflexive and unique conversation that has a bit of everything: Google, lecturing vs researching, intellectual maturity, and of course, ethical algorithms. 
    The voice that you hear in the intro and outro is none other than Kristi Lee, host of the podcast Canadian True Crime. Please support Kristi's excellent work by checking out her show on any of your favourite podcast apps.
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Subscribe for updates
    Email us: wtncast@gmail.com
    Follow us on Apple Music and on Spotify 

    • 55 min
    Episode 26: Mission Creep and Domestic Border Surveillance

    Episode 26: Mission Creep and Domestic Border Surveillance

    In this episode, we continue discussing a long-standing theme of the show: how government develops, mobilizes, and uses surveillance technologies abroad and at home. More specifically, we focus on a program called the "Real Time Regional Gateway," a secretive data processing and mining system introduced by the NSA and deployed during American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In May of 2018, Henrik Moltke of The Intercept published a detailed exposé uncovering the RTRG's journey from the international sphere - used in military operations abroad - to the domestic, where it has been mobilized at the US-Mexico border since at least 2017. In what Moltke has called "mission creep," the US government is actively surveilling digital communications intercepted at the US-Mexico border, thus raising important questions of privacy, accountability, and transparency - all well-documented themes of this podcast. 
    The voice that you hear in the intro and outro is none other than Kristi Lee, host of the podcast Canadian True Crime. Please support Kristi's excellent work by checking out her show on any of your favourite podcast apps.
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Subscribe for updates
    Email us: wtncast@gmail.com
    Follow us on Apple Music and on Spotify 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 25: Japan, America, and Whistleblowing

    Episode 25: Japan, America, and Whistleblowing

    Tommy sits down with Dr. Midori Ogasawara, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, and one of the premiere investigative journalists on surveillance in Japan. For nearly twenty years, Midori has researched the legacy of surveillance in Japan, and is the only reporter from Japan to have interviewed NSA whistle blower, Edward Snowden. A recipient over 9 academic awards and the author two books on Snowden and surveillance in Japan, Midori has a wealth of insight to share. Tommy and Midori chat about the differences between media attitudes and (in)tolerances towards whistleblowing and surveillance in both Japan and the USA. They also touch on matters of heroism, individuality, and the insecurity mass surveillance perpetuates as well.
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Subscribe for updates
    Email us: wtncast@gmail.com
    Follow us on Apple Music and on Spotify 

    • 41 min
    Episode 24: Representation and Authority

    Episode 24: Representation and Authority

    This episode is centered on the theme of representation and authority in the public sphere. Can we trust what authorities tell us about how we use our digital technologies, or how laws and public policies are developed and mobilized? How can we make sense of official justifications for interventions that are increasingly intrusive in our daily lives? From Apple and Google to our own governments, tune in as Derek and Tommy discuss these questions through the contexts of how we use our smartphones, dark tourism and prisons, and terrorism as an issue of public health. Derek also gets to FINALLY plug his own research! Needless to say, he is a bit giddy about that one.
    We're honoured to have Kristi Lee, host of the podcast Canadian True Crime, so graciously contribute to our show by providing us a shiny, brand new intro and outro. Please support Kristi's excellent work by checking out her show on any of your favourite podcast apps.
    Follow your hosts: @Derekcrim | @whatsthatdata | @wtncast
    Subscribe for updates
    Email us: wtncast@gmail.com
    Follow us on Apple Music and on Spotify 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture