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It’s just us this week! We talk about Lil Nas X’s blood shoes, old tweets about Sandstorm by Darude, the legality of URL hoarding, Omegle adventures, Fuck Yeah blogs on Tumblr, Wizard SATs, Nyan Cat, and more.
A dating app for people stuck in the Suez Canal, sweaters for your drone, venture capitalist trading cards, real life blue checks, a recruiting agency for quitting your job – Danielle Baskin makes a living off of internet jokes gone too far, and we’re so here for it. We talk about turning memes into businesses, karaoke on the Suez Canal, putting your drone on Tinder, and more.
Mike Schubert joins us to talk about reevaluating your “personal brand” after making it big on the internet, being in a parasocial relationship with thousands of people, and launching his new show Modern Muckraker! We ask Mike our burning questions: is it ethical to keep making fandom content when the creator of the source material turns out to be… uh… a TERF? What was it like when Vine collapsed? Do tomatoes belong in guac?
It’s just another episode of Wow If True in which Isabel finds a way to mention Supernatural, a television show which is extremely no longer on air. But it’s also not just another episode, because journalist John Loeppky joins us to talk about the relationship between disability and memes! Yes, memes intersect with all aspects of culture. Other conversation topics include Isabel’s sword collection, John’s illustrious wheelchair basketball career, how to use alt text, lettuce, and – for some reason – bronies.
The Garages write music about the Blaseball, a web-browser horror/comedy game taking the internet by reverb. It’s a fanband! Like fanfiction, but music, but also extremely punk rock. Today we’re here with Robin Yu, one of the Garages’ over 100 members, to talk about going collectively viral—but also to talk about the Bee Movie, Twilight, Supernatural, Pokemon Go, and a bunch of other similar malarkey! It’s fine! Play blall!
Ten episodes in, and finally, Amanda went viral! Unfortunately, it was for a dick joke. Meanwhile, Isabel is getting paid on Tumblr to psychoanalyze people. We also discuss Amanda’s long lost Hollywood relative, why people are selling ocean galaxy lights on Twitter, cryptoart, and a life-changing truth about none pizza with left beef. As our lives slowly spin out of control, we also take time to reflect on how the podcast is going – let us know your thoughts!
We can’t seem to stop talking about the value of workers unions on our meme podcast. This week, we dig into the role of Twitter in the Reply All/Gimlet/Bon Appetit drama that’s unfolding. Also, Amanda tells the story about how recently, she accidentally became a dog’s press secretary. She also shares how not-so-recently, she participated in a Lincoln-Douglass debate about the Cullen family at Borders. Plus, apparently dads are on Clubhouse? Who knew!
If you think shitposting can’t get you anywhere, think again. Meet Organizer Memes, the Hannah Montana of progressive political Twitter: by day, they’re just another organizer, knocking door-to-door in the rain. By night, they’re an anonymous Internet personality rubbing virtual elbows with Senators like Jon Ossoff, who they got to tweet “Memes” once. But memes aren’t all fun and games – the account’s anonymity allows organizers to submit stories of their hardships in campaign work in a protected way.
Isabel invests. Amanda doesn’t. But, we both play Animal Crossing. Amanda McLoughlin (Spirits, Join the Party) stops by to teach us about the Gamestop + Wall Street Bets situation by comparing it to turnip sales in Animal Crossing! Other conversation topics include ghosting famous people, the Great Gatsby Undead, Amanda’s secret residence on 123 Reading Road, and the secret sci-fi writers forums.
In this very meta interview with Eric Silver, Head of Creative at Multitude Productions, we discover that all podcasts are actually just about podcasts. What’s fair use? No one knows! What are the four pillars of mediocre D&D content? You can probably guess. Why is being Jewish on the internet so fraught sometimes? You can probably guess that one too. How much can Join the Party fans pay Eric to eat a D20? Well, the answer to that question is at your fingertips.
Why are Senators feuding on TikTok? Is it possible that Dean/Castiel canonization in the CW’s Supernatural is a predictor of major events in US politics? Plus, we’re joined by special guest Tatiana Tenreyro, a pop culture journalist who went viral for her Bernie meme Instagram account @theberniealbums. The Bernie meme may have been short-lived, but our quest for internet fame is not. This week, we continue to plot our world domination (by that, we mean, write Jewish fanfic and do sword tricks on TikTok).
Meet Emily Temple-Wood, winner of the Wikipedian of the Year Award and actual internet famous Wikipedia person! Since she was 12, Emily has been writing and editing articles on Wikipedia. After realizing the gender disparity in both the encyclopedia’s content and editors, she started the viral Project Women Scientists. In this episode, we talk about coming of age online, managing internet harassment, the Great Gatsby vs. Zombies, and everyone’s least favorite band, U2.
Chase Howell moderates hundreds of Facebook groups on Lemgthbook, a corner of the internet where over 150,000 people commit to never use the letter N. We have a lot of questions about this, and we get a lot of answers. In our first interview, Chase tells us the story of her rise to niche internet fame on Lemgthbook.
Hey, it’s our first episode! We introduce you to your intrepid co-hosts Isabel and Amanda as they strive to become famous on the internet. We talk about Obama reading Marx to impress ethereal bisexuals, the end of Supernatural (it was still running!?), the secret underground world of fanfic publishing, and so much more.