Wow If True is a super-serious plunge into what it's like to go viral online, hosted by writers Isabel J. Kim and Amanda Silberling. Every Wednesday, these clout-chasing, D-list internet personalities dissect the week's best memes, interview people who are internet famous, and plot their own misguided quest for niche popularity.
We are your Bad Art Friend
The internet broke this week — literally, like Facebook went down for six hours. But also figuratively, because Writer Twitter blew up with takes about a New York Times article about a lawsuit between two writers that none of us had previously heard of. Isabel indulges us by using her J.D. to dive into the legal proceedings in the landmark case Dawn v. Sonya (that’s not the actual name), and we learn how copyright law works! We’re your Bad Art Friend.
Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss
Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss is the non-cheugy evil twin of the very cheugy Live, Laugh, Love, so of course, here you go: here’s a full episode unpacking the trifecta of white feminism. We talk about Isabel being a corporate lawyer who says f**k at work, the origin of the term girlboss, and debate whether or not Elizabeth Holmes is a Girlboss.
Wow if Olympics!
We happen to have a good ol’ buddy who /competed in the Olympics/, so of course, we had to have her on the show so that we could ask her about the supposed “anti-sex” Olympic beds. Meet Regina Salmons, a real life Olympic Rower who competed for Team USA in the Women’s 8 race! She’s 6’1”, not 6’0”, and she’s here to talk with us about the best Olympics memes from Olympics TikTok (where, of course, she was also featured in some viral TikToks).
Atoning for our Internet Sins (with Eric Silver)
Isabel is on vacation, so we invited Eric Silver (Multitude, Join the Party) back on the show to fill in! We talk about matzo ball soup, updates in our internet fame quests, Tony Hawk’s blood skateboards, the Mets, internet Yom Kippur, and Mamoswine.
25: Let me tell you about Homestuck
We regret to inform you that you have reached the dreaded Homestuck episode. We talk about what it was like to be a Homestuck back in the day, why Isabel thinks Homestuck will be taught in English classes in 50 years, the apparent fraud (?), and buckets (???).
Shout out to Sophie, Bryan, and Brae for sending us testimonials about how Homestuck ruined (or improved?) your lives.
Tumblr announced a monetization feature and all hell broke loose. Isabel witnessed it on the scene, wading through the Wild West of the internet. Amanda wrote about it and snuck the word “Destiel” into an article, prompting Tumblr to get mad. Just another day in the internet’s wasteland, but what does the backlash against Tumblr Post+ mean for the future of the platform? How can social platforms monetize without alienating their community? Big questions, big answers.
now THIS is podcasting
Hi iz & mandy, I freaking love WIT. I’ve been following Iz on tumblr since we were both on the [REDACTED] Fic Writers server together (I eventually fell out of writing for [REDACTED] and regretfully left). It’s so nice to hear y’all talk about stuff I actually know and care about, it’s like hanging out with friends. Gotta love that parasocial relationship. Cool thanks.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
IT'S TRUE! I love this podcast!! Isabel and Amanda are phenomenal hosts, and the topic of internet virality is really fascinating. Can't wait to hear more episodes!
My favorite genre of podcast
Two friends having random and sometimes but not always insightful conversations with an audience that makes me feel like I’m part of it :’)
The good parts of tumblr in podcast form!
The hosts do not know what they are opening with a potential writing live-stream, forgetting that their audience is a good amount of non-neurotypicals who love that good good online body doubling coping mechanism