Wow If True is your one-stop internet culture shop, hosted by meme sommeliers and real-life besties: tech journalist Amanda Silberling and terminally-online attorney Isabel J. Kim. We dig into what, where, and how something's going viral, and why what’s happening online matters in real life. New episodes every other Wednesday.
Episdoe 74: Sad Beige Men in Sad Beige Rooms
In this episode: we're on a time limit before this terrible drink melts all over Iz's desk, so start listening before it's too late! Also, celebrity auction normal experience, regular amounts of roman empire thinking, and whether eating lunch is sad. Also Techno Mechanicus, Stoner Cats NFT Securities Fraud, and HBO girls (Amanda sings). Wow! None of of these words are in the bible!
73: The Clown is Back
Isabel jumpscares Amanda with a clown (sorry, this is spoilers, but it’s important), Amanda experiences sports (derogatory), and we talk about all the week's hottest trending topics... You know, like Baldurs Gate 3, One Piece, and 70,000 people trapped in a mud pit. (Also, sorry about the couple of glitches in Iz’s audio. This is the clown’s fault)
72: Taco Bell Law
This is definitely legal advice (but not from Iz). Taco Bell is getting sued, MrBeast is suing (and then also being sued), and we're mostly just here to talk about why Amanda has never had a Crunchwrap Supreme. Also: Love is Blind, Tiktok designer feuds, and the Jonas Brothers' second act as venture capitalists.
Isabel goes to see Barbenheimer and declares Barbie a science fiction/fantasy movie. Amanda gets a podcast dungeon. Your intrepid hosts also wade into tree law and "girl dinner." I must mention again that I have a podcast dungeon now. At some points, a baby is crying in Isabel's hallway, which you can hear, because she does not have a podcast dungeon.
We mention in the episode when we get into Barbenheimer spoilers -- that continues until 39:45.
We also talk about the "girl dinner" trend, which includes mentions of disordered eating behaviors and how they inadvertently spread on social media. If you don't wanna hear that, just end the episode around 51:00! That discussion goes through the end of the episode so you won't be missing anything else :)
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Wow If True was created by Isabel J. Kim and Amanda Silberling. Our music is by Sam Rizer, our cover art is by Eric Silver, and our production is by Allison Mills and David Newtown.
70: Podcasting Hubris
Iz has taken over, and Amanda is so powerful that she had to be replaced by six different guests. We're talking about: sharing perpetual stew with 50 strangers in a park in Brooklyn (yes, this is internet related); reading 365 books in 365 days (bad idea); and new forms of divination (unfortunately, feet related). Thanks to Tracey, Max, David, Emily, and Allison for experiencing podcasting!
69: Nice [LIVE!]
It's our longawaited 69th episode, dedicated to the history of the 69 meme. But also we're on an island with our 30 closest friends, many of whom are in the room (cabin) with us today! After we enlighten you with our deep dive into 69 history, our live cabin audience will dazzle you with stories from the island, including egg drop drama, wizard LARPing, and the spooky thing Isabel saw.
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Wow If True was created by Isabel J. Kim and Amanda Silberling. Our music is by Sam Rizer, our cover art is by Eric Silver, and our production is by Allison Mills and David Newtown. We are indebted to Dark Diogenes.
I don’t belong here
I am a boring millennial with no business getting famous on the Internet but I sure love this podcast. Amanda and Isabel are so infectious (in the good way) and I can’t get enough of them!
shallow, omits key information
I was excited when this podcast was recommended to me because I am extremely online and love thoughtful discussion of the internet and culture, and a cohost with a law degree seemed especially promising for bringing a new perspective. I started with the Bad Art Friend episode as a litmus test since that’s a story I am quite familiar with, especially as a disabled person who witnessed and experienced the vicious ableist attacks and harassment that particular discourse inspired. Unfortunately, the episode was strikingly shallow and almost offensive in its flippancy. The interaction and intersection between disability, race, and class are essential to what I would consider a decent recap of this event, but the hosts only talk about race and didn’t discuss the other two at all. While they talk about race in the summary of the story and in personal context, they erase the real world harassment against disabled people, including non-white disabled people, that the week+ of discourse about this topic created. “Why did this go viral?” they ask repeatedly, and conclude it made people feel good, ignoring that it stayed viral multiple days because the discourse shifted towards ableist harassment!!! Any summary of an event that leaves out the significant harassment it sparks is incomplete and perhaps even harmful. I unsubscribed as quickly as I had subscribed when it was recommended—a podcast that omits harm to marginalized people on the internet isn’t for me, and I won’t be recommending it to others.
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Craig here. I don’t come out from under my rock much (evidence: Apple Podcasts) but when I do, Isabel and Amanda always have new blorbos to show me. I appreciate how Isabel routinely brings up D