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Fire was our first true piece of technology. Around its warming glow, we would tell stories, share our thoughts, and bond with the people we love. Centuries later, our fires have been digitized, and thrown into everyone's pocket. They are infinitely more powerful. This is a podcast dedicated to exploring the intersection of technology and storytelling, from two writers connected by circuits, wires and a passion for writing.
 
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All across the political spectrum, people are angry, upset, and disillusioned. The 2016 election has left its mark and now, left in the fallout, is an audience still grappling to make sense of what exactly happened, and how. As the US, and the world grapples with having a President Trump, one line of attack has reemerged as particularly effective: …
 
If the Trump candidacy was defined by Twitter rants, the Trump Presidency may be defined by “fake news”. Since his election, the president and others have only intensified their use of the slur to shame journalists they don’t like. At the same time, dozens of new social media accounts have sprung up purporting to be run by “rogue” government staffe…
 
This Friday, January 20 will mark history, as Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. With his trademark bluster, Trump has ridden a wave of populism to Inauguration Day, mostly famously by treating his Twitter followers as his own bully pulpit. His campaign style was unique to the social media era, and in direct contra…
 
After a 2 month delay, Apple released its newest product just before Christmas - AirPods. When they were unveiled in the fall, these small, sleek wireless headphones were billed as the ultimate answer to the non-headphone jack having iPhone 7. They sold out immediately. It’s clear though that Apple is laying the groundwork for something much bigger…
 
The state of television is always changing. From standard to high def, to widescreen to 4k, and now web integration. Most of these are gimmicks. But the latest change may be set to change things forever. Show Notes: Playstation Vue "AT&T Appeals To Cord-Cutters With DirecTV Now, A New Streaming Service" – NYTimes "DirecTV Now vs. Playstation Vue vs…
 
President-Elect Trump. Those are words we didn't imagine we'd be saying on this show. And yet, here we are. As people grapple with a reality television star living in the White House, this week we take a look at the fall-out. In particular, how did storytelling factor into this election? Show Notes: Mark Zuckerberg's Note On Fake News – Facebook "M…
 
New worlds are here, with Oculus, Vive, and Playstation VR among the first to bring virtual reality to the mainstream. In previous episodes, we’ve explored what this new tech could mean when it comes to telling new stories and playing games. This, week we go further into these new realities. Show Notes: Playstation VR – Sony "What Is It Like To Pla…
 
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s an election year in the States – one of the most rocky and chaotic in living memory, in fact. News seems to break not just daily, but nearly hourly, thanks to social media in general, and Twitter in particular. The years-long campaign has shown the intrinsic value of the service. But the company? Not so much. as it …
 
Throughout the entirety of this US Presidential election, when all bets are off and the rules no longer seem to apply, one maxim seems to hold true: whoever is in the headlines is losing. Between always-on television cameras and twitter, the race to the White House has been marred by what is perhaps the most shocking cycle in modern history. And al…
 
It's been more than 2 years since Apple first unveiled its first post-Jobs product, the Apple Watch, to the world. And although it hasn't become an essential device way the iPhone has, the wrist wearable is arguably Apple's clearest example of how it sees the future, a world of micro-interactions between many devices throughout the day. So with a n…
 
Social media is a versatile tool. Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest, millions of people keep up with loved ones and learn about the world through their daily feeds. Since their inception though, speculation has run rampant on how continued use of these networks effects people's lives, treating them less like a tool and more like a d…
 
Back on Episode 94, we discussed Gawker, the gossip-y website that had been embroiled in legal troubles lately. A few weeks later and Gawker has been sued, sold and will soon be taken down. So what now? Show Notes: "Did I Kill Gawker?" – NYMag 094 – Secret Wars "What I Hope To Get From A Social Media Sabbatical" – Medium "Peter Theil vs. Gawker vs.…
 
Back from a brief summer break, Matt and Chris celebrate 100 episodes of The Campfire Project by recounting how the podcast began, what they've learned, and musing on some of their favourite episodes and guests over the last two-and-a-half years. Show Notes: "Double-ended Podcasting With iOS And iPad Pro" – The App Factor 016: The First Step Is Rai…
 
In an age full of cameraphones and constant connectivity, it was only a matter of time before a game like Pokémon Go set the world on fire. The newly released smartphone app has dominated the conversation both online and off, as people of all ages race to finally capture their favourite pokémon out in the real world. Pokémon Go is the perfect examp…
 
Today, on July 4th, 2016, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will reach it’s final destination - the orbit of Jupiter. From there, it will beam back to Earth new images and details of our solar system’s largest planet, and perhaps reveal more about ourselves. There is more to this mission than space exploration, however. To commemorate the occasion, Apple has …
 
We’ve talked about Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference a few times in years past. The company is unique in its ability to take two hours of stage time and weave together a story that perfectly encompasses its vision, its products, and our lives. In 2014, the story focused on the company’s new bubbly attitude. Last year, there was concern and co…
 
Dozens of apps have sprung up to compete in the ongoing war for attention. Some are bigger than others, like Facebook. Some are better than others, like Instagram…that’s owned by Facebook. There is, however, an unmistakable trend: that images are replacing the written word. That is at least in part the reason why Snapchat, the photo-based messaging…
 
Gaming seems to be on the precipice of a new era. Motion controls, that have for years been the most popular way to play, are being phased out, relegated to the role of gimmick. While virtual reality is a dream so close to being realized thanks to Oculus Rift and its counterparts. All the while, the traditional two-handed controller has stuck aroun…
 
Some of the best stories I’ve ever told have been over text. The zippiness of the back and forth, punctuated by emoji and LOLs and OMGs gives words an urgency and levity that isn’t normally found in more formal storytelling. And consuming it on a device in your hand, being able to stretch conversations for days and respond on a whim, adds to the sp…
 
We’ve talked before on this show about social networks and live video and how those two things together can be a powerful force in anyone’s hands. When companies like Facebook talk live streaming though, it’s always from a place perfection, with images of exotic beaches or snow-covered mountain tops lingering in the background. What about when some…
 
After years spent conquering homes and businesses across the world, culminating with one on nearly every desk, the PC, it seems, may finally be on its last legs. The computer industry - which is to say, the makers of good ol’ fashioned desktop machines - is having a tough time, amongst shrinking sales figures and worry that there is no rebound in s…
 
In about a decade, Facebook has gone from connect students on college campuses to building laser-equipped drones to beam the internet down to people in places that lack connectivity. It’s a monolith, so large and imposing that many see it as not only their front door to the web, but the web itself. And that’s exactly why the company’s yearly develo…
 
The smart home has long been a dream. Think of how much simpler, easier – cooler – it would be to have a personal assistant help you manage all the daily chores, everything from raising the temperature to locking the doors. Just a few more little things you’d no longer have to think about. The poster child for bringing this connected vision to real…
 
It’s been chaotic on Instagram these last few days. After word got loose the company would soon be ditching its reverse-ordered timeline in favour of one based on an algorithm, many of its popular users reached for the panic button, asking followers to adjust their settings before the Doomsday switch was flipped. While the change hasn’t yet been ma…
 
Presidential election cycles aside, the reality of day-to-day life can be a little, well, dull. We fill our down time with games and movies and Facebook, but those experiences, while positive in their own ways, can’t quite measure up to the experience of reality itself. They’re worlds are too small, too fragile, too easily shattered by life. But wh…
 
Two weeks ago, we discussed Donald Trump’s improbably rise to the top of the Republican field for the US Presidency, and how, after a series of primary wins, it was looking increasingly unlikely that the other candidates would be able to catch up. Earlier this week, protestors in Chicago decided to take matters into their own hands, protesting both…
 
After the attack in San Bernardino last fall, law enforcement began combing for clues that could shed insight into the events leading up to the murders. Among other things recovered was an iPhone 5C, given to one of the attackers through his work - a device which could possibly hold crucial information for the investigation. It’s also locked. And t…
 
Back in July of 2015, a certain podcaster made a bit of a fuss when he published an article noting that he was saying goodbye to his friends, family and loved ones on Facebook. He’d still be available elsewhere online - Twitter for instance - but would no longer be held hostage by the big blue F. Now it’s a new year, and that podcaster - our own Ch…
 
Earlier this week, two big announcements shook the world of TV news. HuffPost Video announced it’d be going away in a major shake-up, and Al Jazeera America would be shutting down all cable TV and digital operations by the end of April. So much for being the smart person’s CNN. We keep hearing that video is the future. So what it the future of vide…
 
We’re not even two weeks into 2016 and already some great stories have begun to emerge, showing new ways to tell stories using some pretty old ideas. So let’s jump right in. This week, we’re split: between the exciting possibilities of finally-almost-there Virtual Reality, and Twitter’s expanding beyond the classic 140 character count. Show Notes: …
 
With 2015 winding down, we thought it would be a good time to look back at the year that was and pull out a few of our favorite moments. A lot happened in the last 12 months across the web and around the world – too many stories to recount in all. But, we have managed to narrow down this year just a little bit. So now, just before you turn over the…
 
Another year, another holiday shopping season thrust upon us. It’s early December now, which means for many, the next few weeks will be full of trips to the mall, online ordering, and desperately hunting for last-minute gifts. But whether it's Christmas Day or just another day, the retail industry is not-so-quietly undergoing a revolution thanks to…
 
The last few years have seen superheroes thrust into the forefront of pop culture’s consciousness. And thanks in no small part to franchises by Marvel and DC, like Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and lately Jessica Jones, women in particular are finally claiming their time in the spotlight as formidable fighters who can stand on their own, aside…
 
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, France that left 130 people dead and many more injured, countless stories began to flood out into the world. Briefings, eyewitness accounts, and calls for safety lit of the airwaves, crossed oceans, and dominated the internet. Everyone wanted to know what was happening, who was doing it, and where. And …
 
Every generation has a story. And now, nearly 40 years since the original film and a decade after the last disappointment, Star Wars is set to return to theatres next month to captivate an entirely new audience. And it’s not just movies, but a worldwide marketing campaign, along with books, video games, theme park rides and more set to launch along…
 
As we move into the final weeks of 2015, talk of gifts and presents is beginning to dominate not just idle conversation, but a litany of advertising. Traditionally, electronics are the hot item to buy, and this year it's wearable devices in particular that seem set to enjoy a successful holiday quarter. That’s why this week we’re joined by Bernard …
 
Millions of people across North America have been in a surreal state of mind for many months now, as they attempt to select new Heads of State. In Canada, many are celebrating not just the election of a new Prime Minister, but that the longest campaign cycle in history has drawn to a close. While in America, the contest for the Presidency continues…
 
We’ve talked on this show several times about publishing in general and Medium in particular, as a place on the web that seemed devoted not only to becoming a destination for compelling stories, but for telling them in a compelling way. So when Ev Williams and his team announced the release of Medium 2.0 earlier this week, with a slew of new featur…
 
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