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You can learn a lot about someone by looking at who they follow online. It’s a reflection of their taste, what they care about, and how they think. Every week on Follow Friday, Eric Johnson talks to a different internet creator about who they follow, and why. Transcripts, links, pictures and more at FollowFridayPodcast.com
 
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David and @joyofnapping discuss their feelings about their parents getting vaccinated, their own forthcoming vaccinations, and what it might be like to re-enter society. Support me on Patreon! Links: The New York Times' vaccine page The Daily episode about vaccines and the epidemic Emily Yoster article about vaccine transmission Anne Helen Petersen…
 
On Alie Ward's comedy/science podcast Ologies, she interviews real experts in topics like trees (dendrology), decluttering (oikology), and crow funerals (corvid thanatology). She's also a host of the Netflix show 100 Humans and a correspondent on the long-running CBS show Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca. On this episode of Follow Friday, Ward talks…
 
We're finally doing it, folks. We're talking about Your Fave Is Problematic, one of the most important Tumblr blogs of our time. That means we're going to be talking about John Green and Tumblr drama and cancel culture and all the other stuff that, honestly, we should have just left in 2013. We also talk about WandaVision and agonize over skinny je…
 
On this week's bonus , we speak to friend of the show Jathan Sadowski, co-host of the excellent podcast 'This Machine Kills', about Facebook's changing position as a platform, and how, in its attempts to cancel Australia simply for being English, it ended up gaining a more powerful position as an arbiter of information distribution, and probably ma…
 
On this weeks show, we tackle one, very important question: do we actually need to read anymore? Can you simply learn Marxist theory, Burkean philosophy or Dostoyevsky simply by understanding its vibe? It might sound like a straightforward question, but think a little deeper and it will be clear that nobody online has the attention span to read boo…
 
David talks with journalist Piya Sinha-Roy about the recent controversy at Reply All. Support me on Patreon! Links: Reply All's The Case of the Missing Hit Reply All's Test Kitchen Series (part 1 and part 2) LATimes: How an email sparked a scandal at Reply All NYTimes: Reply All host takes leave of absence NYTimes: Reply All is put on pause Vulture…
 
Chelsea Rebecca wants you to know that "people who love horror aren't all total sickos." She's the co-host of the hugely popular YouTube channel Dead Meat, along with her fiancé James Janisse, and previously starred in the comedy-video series Drunk Disney and other shows made by the comedy group Practical Folks. On this episode of Follow Friday, Re…
 
We're talking bout crypto this week. Sorry! There's a lot going on in that world right now and Luke and Ryan have finally decided to jump in. This episode is a little technical, but don't worry, we also spend a lot of time talking about Spider-Man so it evens out. Basically, we're trying to answer a fairly simple question — is crypto good or bad? A…
 
We have been told that apparently, there are many different kinds of "guy". At the top of the Guyrarchy sits a mythical being known as the "Gigachad". Nobody knows if he's real or not, but it seems like a lot of guys online really want to be him, or at the very least, would like to worship him.-------- This week, we speak to Miles Klee, writer at M…
 
Tre'vell Anderson is on the front lines of how the media is evolving: The former LA Times film reporter now writes for the queer culture magazine Xtra and co-hosts a podcast about "the people, places and things we're fans of, but sometimes have some 'anti' feelings toward," called FANTI. They also use non-binary gender pronouns (they/them) and lead…
 
This week we have a guest! Tom Chivers, the author of The Rationalist's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a really fantastic look at how a small AI-obsessed internet community has grown out into both a modern techno-fascist movement AND an extremely dense blog that everyone in Silicon Valley is obsessed with. Why are we talking about this? Because of a ver…
 
David chats with Scott Wampler about snowstorm that crippled Texas this week. Support me on Patreon! Links: Texas power grid crumples under the cold Texans see no end to winter storm What went wrong with Texas power grid Blame and questions mount How to help and get help in Texas How to help feed people in need Follow Scott Wampler on Twitter Subsc…
 
Nate (@inthesedeserts) from Trashfuture, Hell of a Way and other cool pods, joins us to talk about why British people are making their kids dress as Captain Tom, and what this says about the UK's weird relationship with our boys (but only the ones who fought in WW2). We then talk about his ongoing war with British QCs, the elite lawyers who wear wi…
 
We're joined in this episode by producer Drew (@Mydrewd) to talk about the Handforth Parish Council video that went viral, and whether or not is shows that the funny-to-cringe-to-merchandise pipeline has once again, shortened. Is the Handforth Parish Council video 2021's version of "Tiger King" - ie. a digital phenomena we are desperately trying to…
 
David speak with writer May-Lee Chai about the anti-Asian violence that is sweeping parts of the country right now, as well as its causes and solutions. Support me on Patreon! Links: Read May-Lee Chai's viral Twitter thread Read May-Lee Chai's book, Useful Phrases for Immigrants Learn more about May-Lee Chai Our Asian neighbors are suffering. We ne…
 
By day, Jenn Takahashi does PR for companies like the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. But by night — or maybe also by day, we don't know her schedule — she is the "chief lurker" behind Best of Nextdoor, which posts high-quality neighborhood drama to hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram. On this episode of Follow Friday, Takaha…
 
You know those sites that raced to recap every new Game Of Thrones episodes? Those weird blogs dropping "leaks" from the set of Spider-Man 3? Those news outlets repackaging The Mandalorian fan theories you saw on some random subreddit? Luke and Ryan have both done that work before. And they have A LOT of thoughts about it. This episode towards the …
 
A week is a very, very, very long time online, and in the time it's taken to record and produce this episode, Gamestop stocks have skyrocketed, tanked, and flatlined. A bunch of daytraders are pissed, Dave Portnoy is once again 100 grand in debt and none of us actually know what happened.--------So, we asked our friend Alexandra Scaggs from Barron'…
 
Ryan Broderick understands the internet better than you do, probably. After being fired from BuzzFeed last year, he launched an independent email newsletter called Garbage Day, which documents and explains the fun and strange and sometimes disturbing things people are posting online. Broderick also hosts the internet culture podcast The Content Min…
 
We're talking about Elon Musk this week. Ryan thinks he's just a meme thief who doesn't actually understand anything about the internet. Luke think he uses dumb tweets to puff up the value for Tesla stock. Maybe both of these things are true. Basically, Elon Musk makes more sense if you think of him as a digital media company first, billionaire sec…
 
David chats with 'Garbage Day' newsletter author Ryan Broderick about WallStreetBets and how internet culture has taken over the world. Support me on Patreon! Links: Ryan's piece in The Nation on the paradoxical politics of the GameStop Pump Twitter is a mall Follow Ryan on Twitter Subscribe to Ryan's podcast The Content Mines Subscribe to Ryan's n…
 
What is "Content", exactly? That's the central question for this episode, as we try to figure out why the Youtube algorithm keeps recommending 2hr + videos where a bunch of guys talk about why it's okay to be a bloke and have mental health , but also why social justice warriors keep ruining their lives, around the same Amazon podcasting kit. ------…
 
David chats with Dallas Taylor about creating the hit podcast 'Twenty Thousand Hertz' and why he's passionate about educating people about the world of sound. Support me on Patreon! Links: Listen to Twenty Thousand Hertz The episode about Siri The episode about the NBC chimes The episode about Dies Irae The episode about Star Wars blasters Watch Da…
 
Since August 2020, Avery Trufelman has hosted the New York Magazine podcast The Cut, which covers "culture, sex, politics, and more." She previously worked at the widely beloved design podcast 99% Invisible, where she created and hosted an award-winning miniseries about the meaning of fashion, called Articles of Interest. On the series debut of Fol…
 
We're talking about r/WallStreetBets! It's technically our second episode about the subreddit. We break down what exactly is happening, why it's happening, and try and figure out if this is good or bad. TL;DR maybe? We also talk about influencers hiding out in Dubai, the Robinhood stock app, and Ryan admits his shameful secret — that he's learning …
 
Since Joe Biden is now president and Brunch is no longer illegal, Phoebe is away this week having poached eggs, avocados and sourdough toast with frosty mimosas in honour of Queen Kamala. Meanwhile, in a desolate corner of south London, Hussein sits down with friend of the show Ryan Broderick, who writes the Garbage Day newsletter and hosts The Con…
 
David and @joyofnapping discuss their thoughts on the inauguration of Joe Biden and how they're feeling in the aftermath of the Trump administration. Support me on Patreon! Links: Joe Biden's inauguration speech Joe Biden's speech about COVID Q Some Q followers lose hope Diehard Q followers left adrift Biden's 17 executive orders Maggie Haberman Fr…
 
Alright, this is it. Joe Biden is President. Trump has been banished to Florida. And the QAnon wizards are all going back to their yoga studios. America is a worse place. The internet is worse place. But at least now we're finally free to rebuild. This is the third and final in our insurrection/impeachment/inauguration miniseries, "Content Hell". V…
 
After a long Christmas and New Years seeing through the last chaotic posts of 2020, we have entered a new year of posting- and it hasn't disappointed. In this episode, we talk about what the "Beans Dad" discourse hitting the mainstream news tells us about the future of 'viral content' and the end of niche, subcultural posting formats. And then we t…
 
Follow Friday is a podcast about the best people on the internet, and why you should follow them. Every week, you’ll hear from podcasters, writers, comedians, and other people who make stuff for the internet. They’ll give us a guided tour to the hidden and not-so-hidden gems, the people they love that we should be following, too. Subscribe today in…
 
David chats with @joyofnapping about the events of the past two weeks. Support me on Patreon! Links: Some Democrats are worried their colleagues will kill them How police made a stand against the mob Inside Trump's failure to act Will multiracial democracy survive? Trump impeached again The MAGA mindset prevails Post-Riot Polls for the GOP The pand…
 
We realized it would completely impossible to not take about the coup. We're one week away from the inauguration and it's unclear what will happen next. So while the world waits to find out exactly what will happen when Joe Biden becomes president, we wanted to take a moment to look at exactly when Donald Trump should have lost his Twitter account?…
 
We had an idea for the show this week. For reasons that should be obvious, we threw that out. We're talking about the coup. The internet opened up a portal in reality and crawled through and attempted to take over the federal government yesterday. This episode, as you can imagine, is a little heavier than our normal episodes. It is a complicated an…
 
[Cross-post from David's Patreon page] David shares an update on his medical condition, his thoughts on the past year, and the year ahead. Support me on Patreon! Links: David's tweets about WTF happened (tweet thread 1, tweet thread 2) Let me know your feedback for the podcast by emailing culturallyrelevantshow(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Follow the show on …
 
Ryan and Luke are on vacation! They're resting and relaxing after a long year of mindlessly slogging away making content. In the meantime, if you're after your regular Content Mines fix, check out this episode they recorded for The Content Mines' Patreon. Ryan and Luke spent weeks marathoning horrible DCEU movies. But they actually really like Shaz…
 
David counts down the top 5 TV shows of 2020 with film critic and "Decoder Ring" podcast host Willa Paskin. Support me on Patreon! Links: Read Willa Paskin's list of top 10 TV Shows Subscribe to Willa's podcast, Decoder Ring Follow Willa Paskin on Twitter Let me know your feedback for the podcast by emailing culturallyrelevantshow(AT)gmail(DOT)com.…
 
Happy New Year! To round off this bizarre year of snitch tagging, simping and surveillance, we talk about (some of) the top discourses of 2020, with our friend (and person we sort of coerced onto the pod) online hero Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen). ----more----In this episode, we talk about Dan Hodges somehow getting a gun, and we go over some 2020…
 
Ryan and Luke are on vacation! They're resting and relaxing after a long year of mindlessly slogging away making content. In the meantime, if you're after your regular Content Mines fix, check out this episode they recorded for The Content Mines' Patreon. Ryan and Luke spent weeks marathoning horrible DCEU movies, working their way to this, the mot…
 
It's Christmas! Although this was recorded at a time when we thought you could hang out with your racist uncle, sadly you'll just have to Zoom him instead.----more----In this episode, we got our friend merritt k (@merrittk), the President of Podcasts at Fanbyte, to join us in the poster's gallery to dissect a modern work of British art - the pictur…
 
In this diary episode, David reflects on what the pandemic has revealed about America. Also: watching Tenet (finally!) Support me on Patreon! Links: Anna Sale's tweet Death Sex and Money episode about what pandemic has taken from us America is paying a heavy price for freedom Texas Wedding Photographers Have Seen Some Shit Can we do twice as many v…
 
It's our last episode of the 2020! We brought back our first-ever guest, podcaster and journalist Hussein Kesvani, a bad post aficionado, to help us come up with a unified theory of Bad 2020 Content. We also talk about cannibalism, the class politics around necrophilia, verified Twitter brain damage, Disney's terrifying streaming monopoly, and how …
 
On this week's show, Hussein sits on the therapy couch and explains why he posts bad tweets. Or, more specifically, how a joke tweet about being a mischievous doctor ended up with him being reported to Interpol, and causing a minor crisis in one of London's busiest hospitals.----more----We talk about why service worker joke tweets always seem to ma…
 
David chats with writer/director Aneesh Chaganty about his breakout thriller 'Searching' and his new film 'Run', which is streaming right now on Hulu. Support me on Patreon! Links: Follow Aneesh on Twitter Stream Run on Hulu Watch Aneesh's Google Glass ad Watch the 100 Billion Words ad Weekly Recommendations: Nerding Out with David Fincher David Fi…
 
In this episode, we hang out with our good friend Rob from Podcasting is Praxis (@PraxisCast) to talk about the 2006 Lifetime Movie "CyberSeduction: His Secret Life", a movie about a guy who simps hard for a local e-girl and keeps watching porn with his bedroom door wide open. It's a pretty dated movie, but, as with many movies, it says a lot about…
 
David chats with Alex Goldstein, the creator of the "Faces of COVID" Twitter account, which memorializes lives that have been lost to COIVD and which now has over 130K followers. Alex discusses why he created the account, what has surprised him, and the most challenging parts of maintaining it. Support me on Patreon! Links: Follow Faces of COVID on…
 
THIS EPISODE WAS RECORDED LAST MONTH so it is a little dated, but, like all discourse, always relevant.----more----In this episode, we talk about "...It's Rebecca Vardy's Account", a meme that was born out of the digital sleuthing of Coleen Rooney, who found out that her fellow Football WAG, Rebecca Vardy, [allegedly] had been giving stories about …
 
DISCLAIMER: This was recorded before the 2020 election , we did not just memory hole the last two weeks.----more----In this episode we talk to our friend Devon (@devon_onearth) who you may have seen on the Trashfuture stream known as Da Youtube Zone. ----more----In this episode, we ask Devon to explain what the Twitter phenomenon of QAngle is, and …
 
This week Luke and Ryan brought in an expert, Tumblr's Cates Holderness, to help them navigate the very confusing and extremely funny fallout from the final 15th season of the CW show Supernatural. They talk about queerbaiting, shipping, Tumblr culture, and the metaphysics of how a car could go to heaven. It's a perfect Thanksgiving episode!…
 
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