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.
78: RIP Omegle
In this episode: we arrive at the conclusion that the internet is nothing if not AI and [redacted]. We are extremely sorry. We also regret to inform you that Omegle is dead, and Tumblr... Tumblr is not dead, but it's not necessarily thriving! Also, we have thoughts and opinions about Minnesota, an entity we normally have zero thoughts and opinions about.
RIP Omegle: https://www.404media.co/omegle-shut-down-offline/
Omegle founder's statement: https://www.omegle.com/
What's going on with Tumblr? https://techcrunch.com/2023/11/10/automattic-ceo-matt-mullenweg-details-tumblrs-future-after-re-org/
Minnesota dog flag submission: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/F-cfTG-XoAABZc6?format=jpg&name=large
In this episode: Isabel has taken over, and now we are a narrative podcast about ghosts. Yes, halloween was yesterday. No, this is not a bit. Yes, this is a fully produced demo of a narrative podcast about a city on the mouth of hell and also, necromancy. Back to regular programming next episode! The voice of Emory is Andromeda, the voice of Isaac is Isabel, the voice of Annette is Bryan/Ultralord from Jimmy Neutron, and the voice of Commissioner Yarrow is Quest. Music by Joc. Writing by Isabel.
76: The Horrors
In this episode: we are experiencing the full spectrum of human experience -- homestuck, dystopian corporate therapy, and baseball. Also, Iz explains the state of wizard fiction pre-Hugo Awards, and Amanda talks about why the internet isn't fun anymore. But you know what IS fun? Podcasts. Specifically ours. Also the Philadelphia Phillies.
75: Locked in a Grocery Store
In this episode, we learn about men who don't use plates and girls who do special math. Amanda went to Vidcon and met a really famous dog, and also some famous people. Iz read a 94 page contract (aka, the results of the WGA strike). Look mom, we're finally content creators.
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)
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