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 Nov 5, 2020

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We talk about content. How it's made. Why it's good. Why it's very bad. Sorry in advance for the British bits.

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A Dispatch From Outside
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Ryan was in London so we did a little recording session out in a park last week. We wanted to talk about something other than Twitter and AI, but, let’s be real. That’s all we talked about. Also, perhaps most importantly, Luke finally watched all of Ted Lasso. And he’s real pissed.



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May 01, 2023
We're Escaping The Content Mines
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Well, all good things must come to an end. Also, this podcast. At least for a while. We’re going on indefinite hiatus! So this will be our last episode for a while. Why is this happening? A combination of reasons, which we explain in excruciating detail in this episode. But the main thing is that we just don’t want to be a show where we talk about whatever’s happening on Twitter every day and it feels like that’s what we’ve been turning into. Oh, we also talk about the new Avatar movie for a while.



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Jan 13, 2023
An A.I. Wrote This Podcast
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This week we’re talking about ChatGPT, the text-based A.I. that everyone loves sharing screenshots of right now. We also go over the new viral hero of the UK, a man named Tom Skinner. And, finally, we cover the first drop of the #TwitterFiles, which is not really as exciting as Elon Musk seems to think it is? Oh, and, remember crypto? We’ve got some updates on the FTX collapse!

SHOW NOTES:

The YouTube comment about A.I. translation

The great Embedded piece about how boring text A.I. are

Tom Skinner’s incredible Twitter account

The FTX contagion



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Dec 09, 2022
BONUS: Season one of "Andor"
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Andor is so good that it almost makes it impossible to watch other Star Wars properties. We waited until the season had wrapped to really dive in and, boy, was there a lot to cover. So many layers to unpack! Also, Andor finally answers to very important questions for the franchise: What would a droid do at a funeral and what do kitchens look like in the Star Wars universe.



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Dec 02, 2022
Twitter Might Not Be Salvageable Anymore
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This week, Luke admits that the US World Cup team is doing really well. Then we do a catch up on all the bad stuff that happened on Twitter this week. Though, we did record this before the Kanye West stuff, which means, there’s likely been even more bad stuff that’s happened since. We also took at a look at the podcasts that are performing the best on Spotify right now. And, finally, we take a tour through the weird Gen Z men’s rights world of TikTok.

Oh, also, we go over The Content Mines’ Spotify Wrapped. We learned a lot about our own metrics!



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Dec 02, 2022
Has Facebook “Fixed” Its News Feed?
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This week, we went through all the links in Facebook’s new Widely Viewed Content Report. We also do a catchup on Musk Twitter drama and run through the complexities of World Cup viral content.

And here’s the Everton fans video, here’s the Wall Street Journal article about Facebook’s “Content Quality War Room,” and here’s this quarter’s Widely Viewed Content Report.



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Nov 25, 2022
BONUS: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a fantastic and heartfelt tribute to Chadwick Boseman. It is also a bit messy and suffers from a lot of the same problems that other Phase 4 MCU movies are having. Also, its script doesn’t make a ton of sense, but would have probably made a lot more sense if it had a real villain in it. Maybe even a certain Latverian despot?? Either way, we can all agree that Namor is absolutely cool as hell.



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Nov 17, 2022
Turning Nostalgia Into Crypto Pyramid Schemes
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We have three huge topics of equal importance to cover on this week’s show. First, we catch you up on the latest with Musk Twitter — fired employees, weird confusing product decisions, bugs and glitches, and hallucinogenics, apparently. Then we run through the bizarre story of what happened with Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX. And, then, finally, but perhaps most importantly of all, we talk about why the UK treasury has a Discord now.

Also, this episode has some extremely good new Producer Alan lore.



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Nov 17, 2022
The Great Paid Verification Debate
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This week Ryan and Luke sat down in their favorite pub in London and hashed out what is, perhaps, the greatest debate of our time: Whether or not paid verification on Twitter is good or bad. Luke thinks it’s fine. Ryan thinks it’s disgusting. All things considered, this stayed pretty civil. Also, literally right before we finished editing this episode Elon Musk seemingly ended the paid verified, at least temporarily. Which makes this whole conversation a bit more philosophical that practical, I suppose.

Also, here’s the Quora thread that Producer Alan found.

And, finally, thanks to everyone who came out to Bad Posters Club in London last night! It was a blast!!



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Nov 11, 2022
Vague Hype Cycles With Billion Dollar Valuations
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This week Ryan and Luke are in Lisbon, Portugal, for (the) Web Summit! They learned all about the metaverse and the blockchain and artificial intelligence and the highkey art of crushing deals. We also talked, of course, about the Elon Musk-ification of Twitter. Weirdly, Luke wants to pay for Twitter Blue. Ryan thinks it’s for class traitors, but also will probably end up paying for it.

No bonus episode this week, but we’ll see you at our live show in London next week and be back with a whole bunch of fun stuff next week.



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Nov 04, 2022
The Stay-At-Home Girlfriends Of Tiktok
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This week we kick things off with a look at Google’s very bad earnings report and a bombshell Reuters report that revealed that Twitter seems to be hemorrhaging users. Then we take a dive into the exploitative and uncomfortable world of British “dangerous places” YouTubers. You know the ones. Those posh guys that go vlog in failed states and turn human misery into clickbait. And, finally, we take a long and comprehensive look at the rise of the TikTok stay-at-home girlfriend. Ryan says stay-at-home girlfriend content seems deeply isolating and lonely and sort of haunting to watch. While Luke just really wants to do nothing all day except drink juices and swim.

SHOW NOTES

“Alphabet just had its worst day since March 2020, when Covid shutdowns started in the U.S.”

“Exclusive: Twitter is losing its most active users, internal documents show”

Lord Miles Routledge Adventures

Bald and Bankrupt

Yes Theory

Kendel Kay’s TikTok



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Oct 28, 2022
The Liz Truss Lettuce And Trickle-Down Twitter Brain
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Soooo this week’s big topic was about the currently-unraveling political situation in the UK. And while we were editing the episode British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned. But other than that, thanks to how weirdly slow-fast British politics moves, not much else we talked about this week has changed, so this should all still be pretty relevant! We also talked about the current trend of weird rich guys buying social networks and Ryan shares a theory he has about Netflix.

Also, come to our live show in London next month! The amazing lineup includes:

* Chris Stokel-Walker, tech journalist

* Saima Ferdows, comedian and producer

* Hanna Ines Flint, author of Strong Female Character

* Charlotte Colombo, freelance writer and editor at The Daily Dot

* Sophia Smith Galer, journalist, content creator, and author of Losing It

Get tickets here!

SHOW NOTES

A rundown of the Kanye West Parler stuff

The good Netflix thread

Platformer’s Meta vs The Wire story

The Wire’s most recent statement on the whole thing

The bad right-wing Indian news site that does unfortunately make a good point about the whole Meta thing

Another good tweet about the Meta India stuff

The Liz Truss lettuce stream

@supertanskiii, @RussInCheshire, and @archer_rs



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Oct 20, 2022
TwitchCon's Cursed Foam Pit
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This week we’re checking back in on Twitch, the livestreaming platform that just can’t quite seem to figure out how to fit in with the rest of the internet. We’re going through the latest controversies from TwitchCon, including the cursed foam pit. But we’re also, more broadly, talking about why Twitch remains a somewhat niche thing. There was this assumption years ago that Twitch would eventually replace ESPN somehow, but that moment never happened, leaving the platform in a bizarre gray area where it sits just off to the side of everything else. So where does it go from here?

SHOW NOTES

“We need to talk about Facebook PR guy Andy Stone”

“Elon Musk's tweets about Ukraine, Taiwan and Kanye stoke worries about Twitter ownership”

“Meta and news outlet’s spar deepens India’s trust deficit”

Tweets from The Wire about the XCheck controversy

“‘Fat Bear Week’ Hit By Voter-Fraud Attempt”

John Fetterman makes his own memes

“TwitchCon had a foam pit exhibit. Two attendees say they got injured when they jumped in.”

Hasan responding the Sam Hyde meme



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Oct 14, 2022
Elon Musk Is Not A Deep Thinker
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This week we’re talking about what was revealed by Elon Musk’s texts about Twitter. It turns out Elon Musk is not the deep thinker a lot people think he is. It’s not clear he understands how Twitter works or why people use it. And he definitely doesn’t know what two-factor authentication is. Also, Luke gets really mad about a New York Times tweet about cooking breakfast but then tries to act like he’s not actually mad.

Also, come to our live show in London next month!

SHOW NOTES

A full transcript of all the text messages

Charlie Warzel’s great Atlantic piece

More on the Musk texts

The New York Times tweet that Luke got upset about



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Oct 06, 2022
There’s A Digital Advertising Apocalypse Coming
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This week we’re talking about the very dark times that appear to be fast approaching the world of digital advertising. That may sound kind of boring, but it’s going to have ramifications all over the internet. What happens when the internet’s largest platforms — which are basically just advertising companies — stop being able to effectively sell ads? Also, we spend a lot of time trying to reverse engineer MrBeast’s formula for successfully psychologically torturing random people for ad revenue.

Here’s the MrBeast video we reference and here’s the Walmart metaverse clip.

Oh, and if you’d like to vote for us for a Lovie Award, you can do that here. Please help us realize our dream of wearing suits together at a fancy European cocktail reception.

And, finally, we have a new producer and editor starting this week! His name’s Alan and you’ll hear him in this week’s episode.



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Sep 29, 2022
Can Meta's Platforms Still Swing An Election?
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This week we’re looking forward at the US midterms and the upcoming Brazilian presidential election by looking back at how Meta’s platforms played a role in both four years ago. It may feel like nothing’s changed, but it also feels like we’re in a completely new online world. So we’re curious whether apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have the viral power to impact an election in 2022.

And if you’d like to vote for us for a Lovie Award, you can do that here. Please help us realize our dream of wearing suits together at a fancy European cocktail reception.



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Sep 23, 2022
The Daftest Ways The UK Is Mourning The Queen
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We’re talking about the Queen of England’s death this week. We’re talking about the totally bizarre reactions the American media had and the even more bizarre reactions British society had. Also, yes, we also talk about Tumblr’s reaction. Luke also breaks down the difference between the magic hats and the magic stones and what they mean.



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Sep 15, 2022
The Weird Thread Men Of Twitter
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You’ve definitely seen these guys. They take what would normally be one very boring LinkedIn post, but turn it into an even duller Twitter thread. What’s the deal? Is it a growth hack? (Yes, probably.) Is it because they crave attention? (For sure.) Is it evil? (Maybe.) But most importantly, what does it say about Twitter as a platform? Also, yes, we talk about the Harry Styles spit video.



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Sep 08, 2022
Have We Already Lost The Battle Over A.I. Content?
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We’re talking about A.I. this week! It’s finally gotten good enough that we can actually talk about what a world of “A.I.-based content” might look like. We’re looking into real A.I., extremely fake A.I., and the ethics of making content with A.I. that is normally made by human creators. Is it unethical? Is it even worth worrying about considering we may have already missed a chance to even argue about it? Lot’s of questions this week. Also, speaking of A.I., we should build one that can remove all of the instances in this episode where Ryan says “interesting” or “fascinating,” am I right? Oh, and, sad update, the algorithmically-generated death metal YouTube channel doesn’t appear to be online anymore.



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Sep 01, 2022
Deplatforming A Trend Is Harder Than Deplatforming An Idiot
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We’re back from vacation and all fired up about content! This episode is a big catch-up. We’re talking about the John Fetterman campaign, Dark Brandon, British Four Loko, why millennials love to write serious news stories about fun memes, and, unfortunately, also Andrew Tate, the kickboxer and former Big Brother contestant who was just summarily deplatformed from the internet. We’re asking the question: Will it matter if his fans can still post content about him? If you’re looking for our previous episode about Tate, you can check it out here.



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Aug 25, 2022
Dead Platform Summer #4 - Foursquare
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It’s the end of our summer minisodes! We’ll back to our normal nonsense the week of August 22th. Until then, enjoy our look back at foursquare. Turns out Luke was a Foursquare mayor guy and Ryan really loved using it to get slightly cheaper brunch. We also discovered that Foursquare stopped being fun in both New York and London for the exact same reason — hyper-obsessive weirdos started using it too much. (Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)



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Aug 12, 2022
Dead Platform Summer #3 - Vine
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Welcome to our third vacation episode. We’re talking about the best social media platform ever created, which is Vine, of course. It was like animated GIFs, but with sound. It changed everything. RIP in peace, Vine. Also this is the dog in the car Vine that Ryan was babbling about.

(Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)



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Aug 05, 2022
Dead Platform Summer #2 - Myspace
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We’re back with another vacation minisode. We’re talking about the dead platform to end all dead platforms. The one, the only Myspace. It’s responsible for more bad haircuts than another other website possibly. It also profoundly altered the way we think about the internet and in many ways set the stage for the TikTok takeover of the 20202s. Stay tuned to see which weird old dead website we’ll resurrect next! (Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)



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Jul 28, 2022
Dead Platform Summer #1 - Periscope
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Remember Periscope? It was a quirky little livestreaming app that either was or wasn’t part of Twitter depending on the day? There were hearts. There were riots. People streamed their fridges. It was a simpler time. We’re on vacation for the next few weeks, but we’ll be releasing a little miniseries called Dead Platform Summer. The first one is all about Periscope. Stay tuned to see which weird old dead website we’ll resurrect next! (Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)



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Jul 21, 2022
“Thor: Love And Thunder” And The Current MCU Mess
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We’re on vacation! So this week we’re putting our usually paywalled episode out for free for everyone. Hope you enjoy! We’re talking about the frustrating mess that was Thor: Love And Thunder. We really really wanted to like this movie but boy was it hard to watch. Don’t worry we did try and make this a bit more interesting and talked about the current state of streaming content as a whole in case you don’t care about Marvel. But the episode does have a lot of Marvel talk lol.

Also, keep an eye on this feed over the next month. We’ll have some fun surprises for you!



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Jul 16, 2022
Why Does Gen Z Love Flashmobs?
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This week TikTok is full of videos of Gen Z guys dressing up in suits to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru. The trend is called #Gentleminions. Is it irony? Is it nostalgia? Is it boredom? Why does Gen Z love doing stuff like this so much? And how does it connect to the Binley Mega Chippy and the Summer of Morbius? As you can see, we have a lot of questions. Press play and find out if we end up with any answers!



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Jul 07, 2022
BNNBreaking And The Rats Nest Of News Twitter
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This week we went deep into a network of news accounts on Twitter called BNN. It turned out to be an insanely confusing rabbit hole and we still have a lot of questions about exactly why the BNN accounts were created and what they’re actually meant to do. But, excitingly, right when we were about to finish this episode a big update happened! So listen to the end to get at least some closure about this very strange pocket of Twitter.



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Jun 30, 2022
How NFT Scammers Take Over Your Twitter Account
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We’re back with one more installment about NFT scammers and hijacked Twitter accounts. We learned a heck of a lot over the last week. We heard from all kinds of people who have lost access to their social media accounts this way and have a few more answers about what’s actually going on here. Also, Ryan has a tense email conversation with a source.

SHOW NOTES

The crone video

The @conspirator0 thread



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Jun 23, 2022
Were These Twitter Accounts Hijacked By NFT Scammers?
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Full disclosure: We had a whole plan for this episode and then things went insanely off the rails when we discovered something kind of shocking? What it looks like has happened is that several South American E-sports players, a professional soccer player, and a Welsh arts correspondent are either all shilling random NFTs in the exact same way or all had their accounts taken over? We have a lot of questions and not a ton of answxers. But this episode is honestly an absolutely wild journey. Also, Luke talks about a really viral tweet he had.

We have reached out to all parties mentioned in this episode for comment and haven’t heard anything back yet.

SHOW NOTES

Jacob Silverman’s initial tweet

Eryl Crump’s Twitter account

Eryl Crump’s official author page

Marcelo Sarvas’ Twitter account

@TheChl0e’s Twitter account

Tweet from the Black Dragons mentioning @TheChl0e

@blk9_r6’s Twitter account



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Jun 16, 2022
TikTok’s Top Videos Are A Mix Of Ads And Gibberish
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This week we finally got to play around with TikTok’s Creative Center. It’s a tool for marketers, but also has some really powerful tools for looking at what’s trending globally on the app. We spent some time this week playing around with it. What did we learn? Well, a couple weird things. TikTok users love Sundays, the top videos on the app are mostly ads, and TikTok is offering marketers a tool for replacing popular songs with royalty free stock music to use in their campaigns. That last one is pretty crazy if you ask us!

SHOW NOTES

Hologram queen

Crazy Frog Elon Musk tweet

Brian Feldman’s Crazy Frog piece

The TikTok ad dashboard



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Jun 10, 2022
Instagram Reels Are Facebook’s Last Hope — It Won’t Work
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This week, we kick off the episode with a big long discussion about weird stuff European people do. The Brits are obsessed with a random restaurant near Coventry. The Swedes are feeding people who stay over for dinner. And the Finnish appear to have constructed an elaborate years-long joke about their love of buckets. But our main topic for the week is Instagram Reels. It’s Zuckerberg’s last chance at creating a genuinely exciting content ecosystem. After an hour of scrolling through it, we’re not sure it’s going to work.

SHOW NOTES

The Binley Mega Chippy TikTok

The Finnish bucket thing

“Nobody wants more crappy videos on Instagram. Too bad.”

“Instagram is begging you to stop reposting TikToks to Reels”



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Jun 02, 2022
Depp v. Heard Memes Are QAnon For Millennials
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We’ve had a crazy week. But we’re back with a heap of upsetting updates from the world of crypto. And then we dive into our main topic of the week: What if the weirdos making memes and fancams and supercuts of the Depp v. Heard trial don’t disappear after the trial is over? What if the trial doesn’t end the way these very sad Disney adults want? What if it morphs into something like QAnon, where truthers endlessly rant and rave about this for years? What if this horrible thing just never goes away?



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May 27, 2022
The Top Site On Facebook Is A Vietnamese Content Farm
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It’s that time again! Facebook has new Widely Viewed Content Report and it’s just as weird and bizarre as the previous one. This time we’re talking about a Vietnamese content farm, relatable Netflix memes, and an impossibly viral Eminem video. This episode also features an exciting cameo!!



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May 20, 2022
BONUS: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
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WARNING: This episode does contain spoilers.

This week, as a way to celebrate 100 episodes of The Content Mines, we’re sending out our bonus minisode to all our listeners for free. As long-time listeners of the show know, we love arguing about Marvel movies. So we decided to go see the new Doctor Strange and, boy, do we have lots of thoughts about it. TL;DR - Ryan really liked it at first and now isn’t so sure and Luke wasn’t so sure at first and now he really likes it. Typical.

Thank you all for the support over the last 100 episodes. It’s a very cool milestone and we couldn’t have gotten there without you. And for those of you we may have lost in the switch from Patreon to Substack, think about subscribing! We send out a little minisode like this each week and you can check all those out by hitting the button below.



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May 12, 2022
The Biggest Crypto Crash Since The Last One
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It’s our 100th episode! That’s crazy! In that time we’ve gone through two names for the show, three versions of our theme song, and, just, so many stories about magicians on Facebook. This week is all about the big crypto crash of May 2022. We have to call it that because there’s a very good chance that there could be more this year. Or this one ends up spiraling so far out of control that the whole thing goes to zero. Let’s talk about what happens when the line stops going up!



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May 12, 2022
No One’s Watching Piers Morgan’s New Show
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This week Ryan and Luke are recording from the same place! They’ve left their respective Zoom screens to sit in the same room. It’s a whole different vibe. This week’s big topic is Piers Morgan, the British tabloid journalist who tweets absolute garbage all day. He has a new show on a new channel and, according to Luke, the metrics they’re bragging about don’t make any sense. Weird, right?



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May 06, 2022
The Facebookification Of Netflix
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This week we’re talking about Netflix’s very bad week. The stock has plummeted. Employee morale has cratered. Layoffs have started. It seems like a real mess. We look into how years of relying on an algorithm led the company to start making real weird decisions that actually remind us a lot of another company… Facebook. Also, Luke talks about the greatest British art project of maybe all time.

SHOW NOTES

“The Netflix Bubble Is Finally Bursting”

The Duke Smoochum Thread

“Netflix’s Big Wake-Up Call: The Power Clash Behind the Crash”



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Apr 28, 2022
We Watched Tucker Carlson's Documentary Stuff
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This week, Luke goes through the various petty beefs that he’s been following on the internet and attempts to explain why he doesn’t really care about them. Though, it kinda sounds like he cares about them. And Ryan spent some time watching Tucker Carlson’s weird — and kinda homoerotic — documentaries on the Fox Nation streaming platform. There was a surprising amount of stuff on there about aliens!

SHOW NOTES

The Scott Adams thread

“Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine”

The horrible plane video

The @herong thread

The End Of Man teaser trailer



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Apr 21, 2022
Here's What A Miami Bitcoin Convention Is Like
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This week caps off our final installment from the Miami Bitcoin convention. We also talk about Elon Musk trying to takeover Twitter. Hilariously, we recorded this on Tuesday of this week, before the news that he wanted to do a big takeover of the company. We were worried that this would be dated but the news on Thursday, but actually we think we kind of nailed it. So that's pretty cool!

If you want to hear more about crypto from us, here are two other recent episodes to check out if you haven’t yet:

* How The Heck Does NFT Copyright Work???

* Why Are Crypto Bros Obsessed With Miami?



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Apr 14, 2022
Why Are Crypto Bros Obsessed With Miami?
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Ryan just landed in Miami for Bitcoin 2022, the huge crypto conference. And Luke surprised him by telling him mid-recording this week that he has COVID. So, yeah, this episode has some weird vibes to it. We’re talking about why Miami is trying to become the Bitcoin capital of the United States and what it would mean if that actually happened.

SHOW NOTES

“The Tech Bros Take Miami”

“Miami Is Hosting The World’s Biggest Crypto Party”

“Miami Wants to Be the Hub for Bitcoin”

“Crypto tax: ‘MiamiCoin’ has made the city $7 million so far, a potential game-changer for revenue collection”

“Rio De Janeiro Is Giving People a 10% Discount to Pay Taxes in Bitcoin”



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Apr 07, 2022
Unfortunately, We Have To Talk About The Slap
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What does The Oscars Slap mean for content? What does it say about personal brands in 2k22? R buzzy viral topics still relevant?? Can u b alt and also online? Has the vibe shifted and, if so, how effed is it rn?

We’re talking about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars and why it’s the end of the current era of the internet and why Grimes allegedly hacking and extorting Hipster Runoff may have been the end of the era before that!



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Mar 31, 2022
How The Heck Does NFT Copyright Work???
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We’re going long on NFTs this week. Particularly the confusing and murky world of NFT copyright. Who owns an NFT? And what can you do with it? We’re exploring the Web3 concept of a “headless brand”. Turns out it’s really confusing and also kind of dumb! But also kind of interesting!

SHOW NOTES

The “Headless Brands” white paper

The Egregore Wikipedia article

“Prolific restaurant developer Andy Nguyen plans first restaurant tied to Bored Ape Yacht Club”



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Mar 25, 2022
Structural Dissonance Defines The Internet
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This week we’re going deep on a term Luke coined a few episodes ago: “structural dissonance”. It’s that feeling you get seeing images of the invasion of Ukraine in the same content feed as memes, viral animals, lifestyle influencers, or video game playthroughs. It defines the internet, but it also defines kind of our entire current existence. It’s confusing and weird and is breaking our brains and making it harder to understand actual reality. As you can tell, this week’s episode is very light.

SHOW NOTES

More about the Doodles NFTs at SXSW

Even more about the Doodles NFTs

Ryan’s previous write-up on the Something Awful 9/11 thread

The Something Awful 9/11 archive

The Pew Research piece on the Arab Spring

Emerson T. Brooking’s tweet

r/VolunteersForUkraine

Will Beating Cancer



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Mar 17, 2022
Inside The World Of Boomer Bingo Livestreams
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We went deep into the weird and uncanny world of Facebook again. We promise we’re moving one after this lol. But we couldn’t ignore Facebook’s massive transparency report. We discovered some absolutely wild stuff. Most importantly, bingo livestreams are a thing and, damn, they are popular. Also, we spend a little while talking about why sanctions against Russia do not mean that Russian dark money suddenly disappeared from Facebook and make the internet magically better over night.

SHOW NOTES

virallk.com

The internet went down

The big Facebook transparency report

Do You Remember When’s Facebook page

Eric Alper’s Twitter account

“Eric Alper Is Just Asking Questions”

Be Dirty’s Facebook page

Videos Best’s Facebook page



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Mar 10, 2022
Why Is Facebook Full Of Katie Couric CBD Scams?
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This week is probably our weirdest and most confusing rabbit hole ever. We looked into why Facebook is full of posts claiming that Katie Couric has met some kind of “tragic end” and why they’re all advertising CBD gummies. We think we figured out how it happened, but it was a real rats nest. We also continue to analyze the info war surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

SHOW NOTES

The Zelensky rap video

Taylor Lorenz’s Katie Couric thread

The fake Daily Mail store URL that’s hosting a fake NBC News article

The Get Huuman store

The FTC complaint against Kushly

The weird SF Weekly post

The weird Jerusalem Post post



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Mar 03, 2022
The Most Online War Of All Time Until The Next One
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Feb 24, 2022
Facebook Is Doomed If It Can't Track You
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This week we are, once again, talking about another real bad week for Facebook, a company that appears to be having more bad weeks at a higher frequency than ever before. We also peer into the metaverse which is even dumber than we ever could have imagined. Is being a "metamate" the future?


SHOW NOTES


https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/14/22932824/hmrc-nft-seizure-fraud-investigation


https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-backrooms


https://twitter.com/kentbye/status/1493092806222516224


https://uploadvr.com/foo-fighters-quest-vr-livestream-issues/


https://www.theinformation.com/articles/why-static-video-memes-are-all-over-instagram


https://getchapter.app/@broderick/memes



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Feb 17, 2022
Why Is Netflix Launching A News Site?
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Netflix is the biggest streamer in the whole world. They are, effectively, the streaming entertainment standard. So why are they launching a news site and poaching journalists from places like Condé Nast? In 2022, why would you want to run a digital media website? We speculate wildly about why that might be!



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Feb 10, 2022
The Joe Rogan Dilemma
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This week we're journeying into the dark heart of American masculinity... again. We're talking about Joe Rogan. Why do people like him? Should Spotify keep disturbing his show? Does it even matter? Should we smoke DMT and meet the techno elves that run our Earth simulation? These are all questions we may or may not address this week!




SHOW NOTES:


https://twitter.com/KateMerrill/status/1487406724076253188


https://twitter.com/k8tmac/status/1487537430240677889



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Feb 03, 2022
West Elm Caleb And The TikTok Stampede
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We're diving deep into the philosophical issues at the core of TikTok, namely, why users on the app keep threatening to kill each other. What is it about TikTok's algorithm and user incentives that causes so many moral panics that end in networked abuse. Is it human nature or is it something the app is actively doing to us? Warning: this episode contains a lot of metaphors.



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Jan 27, 2022
The Weird Kinda Dark Truth About "Primitive Living" YouTube Videos
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We went down the rabbit hole on the "primitive living" YouTube genre. We haven't solved every question we had but we did learn a few things. A Bunch of the pages seem to be run by the same person, a bunch more are sharing each other's videos, many of them are running their Facebook pages out of Thailand or Singapore, and based on some drone footage we came across it seems like they're all filming in the same section of the Cambodian wilderness. This episode is real dense this week!


SHOW NOTES:


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/MrHeangUpdate/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/JungleSurvival/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/PrimitiveSurvivalTool/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/TubeUniqueWilderness/videos


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyU144TGCUk


https://www.youtube.com/c/PrimitiveCreative/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/PrimitiveSkillsnet/videos


https://www.youtube.com/c/SurvivalWilds/videos


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwG9iz7WBNaDNGrw4wZG60w/videos


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCyLWhPnq1M


https://www.facebook.com/primitivesurvivaltools/about_contact_and_basic_info


https://www.facebook.com/TubeUniqueWilderness777/?ref=page_internal&_rdc=1&_rdr


https://www.facebook.com/primitiveskills.net/


https://www.facebook.com/TubeUniqueWilderness777/?ref=page_internal&_rdc=1&_rdr


https://opinion.guidesify.com/cambodian-youtuber-mr-heang-update-making-jungle-survival-great-again/


https://www.messynessychic.com/2021/05/14/the-curious-youtube-genre-of-building-fantasy-pools-and-secret-temples-by-hand/


https://coconuts.co/bangkok/features/primitive-technology-youtube-pulls-plug-on-kid-vids-after-coconuts-expose-we-visit-a-shoot-in-cambodia-part-2/



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Jan 20, 2022
These Sketchy Sports NFT Companies Might Not Exist
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This week we dig into the weird possibly entirely fictitious companies that sports teams around the world are partnering with to build NFT and metaverse products. Fake CEOs, weird non-office storefronts, shady international rights management services, and bizarre Chinese masterclass education platforms — this episode's got it all!




SHOW NOTES:


https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/1480990948972658689


https://www.theguardian.com/games/2022/jan/11/wordle-creator-overwhelmed-by-global-success-of-hit-puzzle


https://www.youtube.com/c/thisisashville/videos


https://defector.com/what-the-hell-is-this-company-the-76ers-just-partnered-with/


https://twitter.com/dhm/status/1472958413009268738?


https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/color-star-technology-co-ltd-nasdaq-cscw-announces-ceo-handover-to-lead-company-into-technology-era-301445266.html


https://www.color-star.cn/


https://colorstarinternational.com/


https://www.fun88.co.uk/


https://cryptopotato.com/fc-barcelona-to-launch-iconic-historical-moments-as-nfts/


https://www.sportspromedia.com/news/barcelona-ownix-nft-partnership-cancelled-digital-collectibles-moshe-hogeg/


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-10372971/Manchester-City-end-partnership-mysterious-crypto-firm-3Key-Technologies.html


https://3key.com/#c401dc5d


https://www.socios.com/


https://twitter.com/uglygame/status/1453671235330707464


https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/color-star-technology-announces-strategic-partnership-with-bole-information-technology-to-further-empower-the-color-world-platform-301078432.html


http://redphoenixentertainment.com/about/


https://www.thegamer.com/john-terry-chelsea-fc-monkey-nft/



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Jan 13, 2022
The Rise And Fall Of @PoliticsForAlI
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This week we're talking about one of the UK's buzziest Twitter accounts, @PoliticsForALI, which was suspended by the platform this week. It was run by a 19-year-old college student and it was kind of a mess, but also totally useful, sort of. A creature born from all of Twitter's best and worst features. Also, this week, Ryan learns some shocking information about Tintin.



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Jan 06, 2022
Our Biggest Predictions For 2022
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It's (probably) our last episode of the year! We're talking about what we think will be the big trends of next year. Basically, we think every company will operate like a Gamestop pump and TikTok will cause a diplomatic incident that kicks off WW3. It's all very optimistic stuff! Also, Luke and Ryan compare notes on what country is the worst to get an antigen test in (it's Portugal). See you next year (probably).



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Dec 09, 2021
Inside The Biggest Tumblr Trends Of 2021
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We're digging deep into Tumblr's 201 Year In Review. We're looking at the top trends, ships, aesthetics, memes, and communities. What does it all mean? How is Minecraft YouTube so big? Why are teens into emo again? Do people really just want to be little goblins living in a small house in some kind of bog? We have a lot of questions!


SHOW NOTES:


https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/nov/30/squid-game-no-threat-to-traditional-british-tv-hits-finds-barb


https://twitter.com/TechEmails/status/1465802215927558154


https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/29/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-is-expected-to-step-down-sources-say.html


https://fandom.tumblr.com/


https://fandom.tumblr.com/post/669380176976773120/2021-top-21-of-2021


https://fandom.tumblr.com/post/669380161647591424/2021-ships


https://fandom.tumblr.com/post/669319855921676288/2021-memes


https://fandom.tumblr.com/post/669320242234867712/2021-tumblr-communities



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Dec 02, 2021
Masculinity Is A Pyramid Scheme
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Nov 25, 2021
Inside Thinkarete Lifestyle, The Most Viral Page On Facebook
4103
Nov 18, 2021
LIVE FROM LONDON: Play Your NFTs Right
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This week we're live from London! Thank you all who came out for our live show this week. Live on stage we made Guardian reporter Alex Hern guess the prices of various NFTs and, wow, things did not go the way we expected... Considering I (Ryan) recorded all of this via a simple line out and we were doing powerpoint slides I'd say this doesn't sound half bad! Even if it doesn't sound good, this is our first attempt a live show and we did it all ourselves in a basement, please be nice.



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Nov 13, 2021
The Central Problem Here Is That Facebook Sucks
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Ryan recorded this crouched in the corner at Web Summit. It was deeply mortifying for him. Luke recorded this from the comfort of his own home. We're talking the Facebook whistleblower, the metaverse, and Ryan finally saw the movie "Old," about the beach that makes you get old.



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Nov 04, 2021
Why Don't Netflix Audience Numbers Make Any Sense?
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Oct 29, 2021
We're Not Ready For TikTok To Be This Popular
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We're going deep on TikTok this week. We're talking about Alabama rush week, Couch Guy, LamboGate, and the Puncher Of W 4th Street. If you don't know what any of that means, don't worry, we'll walk you through it all. Our central thesis is this: TikTok is on track to become the biggest social media platform in America and as it gets bigger, things are going to start spinning out of control very fast.


SHOW NOTES:


https://uk.style.yahoo.com/salt-baes-london-restaurant-faces-114700748.html


https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3b3x5/salt-baes-meat-empire-is-rife-with-labor-problems


https://www.curbed.com/2021/10/tiktok-west-4th-street-station-puncher-nyc.html


https://jalopnik.com/lambo-owner-has-patience-of-a-saint-after-getting-rear-1847795574


https://www.al.com/news/2021/08/the-irresistible-allure-of-tiktok-bamarush-and-mocking-southern-accents.html


https://www.technologyreview.com/2010/07/14/202026/did-whites-flee-the-digital-ghetto-of-myspace/



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Oct 21, 2021
A Facebook Page About Cats Is Outperforming Ben Shapiro
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Oct 14, 2021
What If We Can't Break Up Facebook?
3888

This week was a very bad week for Facebook. In fact, it was so bad that at one point it just simply didn't even exist anymore. It seems like the whole world right is wondering how to deal with the site. And now, thanks to a trove of leaked documents, we have the best picture we've ever had at how rotten the company is on the inside. But here's a troubling question: What if we've already missed our chance to untangle ourselves from the platform?




SHOW NOTES:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk4xxzoabio


https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/2021/06/10502644/dumping-someone-reddit-relationship-advice


https://xenosagaepisodeone.tumblr.com/post/657600561016963072


https://twitter.com/ianwnm/status/1445122743427637251


https://twitter.com/blameaspartame/status/1445511248968183821


https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10113961365418581


https://twitter.com/miniondeathcult/status/1445148650263367687?s=21


https://twitter.com/joeosborne/status/1445445662867288069/photo/1


https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facebook-files-11631713039


https://www.cbsnews.com/video/facebook-whistleblower-frances-haugen-misinformation-public-60-minutes-video-2021-10-03/#x


https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-instagram-kids-tweens-attract-11632849667


https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-instagram-kids-tweens-attract-11632849667https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/pitchfork-reviews-rescored/


https://twitter.com/snopes/status/1445832685134307329


https://www.inputmag.com/features/facebook-public-relations-andy-stone-twitter-whistleblower-controversy


https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/h-and-m-hires-the-29-year-old-facebook-whistleblower-to-mine-its-data-20190201-p50uz0.html



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Oct 07, 2021
We Went Through Years Of OZY's Social Analytics And It Was Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined
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This week's episode is a trip down a very strange rabbit hole. OZY is a wildly sketchy media company that is now being accused of fraud. So Luke and Ryan sat down and went through five years worth of the company's social analytics, across Comscore, CrowdTangle, and SocialBlade. What they discovered was stranger and more confusing than they ever imagined. But they also came very close to getting a full picture of what OZY appears to have been doing for the last few years and why.



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Sep 30, 2021
The Algorithmic Feedback Loop Of The Gabby Petito Disappearance
3334

This week's big story is about the disappearance of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old who went missing last month and whose remains were found earlier this week. Her boyfriend is currently missing, after returning from vacation without her. And her social accounts have exploded in activity, becoming one of the biggest trending topics in the country. We're examining the parasocial dimensions to True Crime and how algorithms seize on this kind of content, pushing it to uncomfortable and grim extremes. It's a heavy episode, but it's a good one.



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Sep 23, 2021
We Went Through Seven Years Worth Of Facebook Analytics
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Today we have an extra big episode. It's a project that Luke has been wanting to dive into for a long time. We went through seven years worth of blog posts from the social analytics website Newswhip, which rank the top publishers and content on Facebook. What we discovered was actually far darker than we expected. This is the story of how the modern internet was created and it doesn't have a happy ending. Head over to our Patreon for a full list of the Newswhip blog posts referenced in this episode. 



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Sep 09, 2021
I Think The Horse Pill Stuff Has Broken Me
3652
Geronimo the alpaca has been destroyed. There are green lines on Twitter that tell you if you're proud or ashamed of your genitals. And everyone's eating horse pills. The whole world has gone mad and everyone's too busy looking at internet content to care. This week's episode is about the Ivermectin fiasco happening on Facebook right now, but it's also about ~everything~ else.

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Sep 02, 2021
How Do We Build A Better Internet For Sex Workers?
3740

First, sorry for the sound issues in this week's episode. We both recorded this amid some pretty hardcore heat waves and our computers were not happy! This week we're talking about CIA conspiracy theories, weird Facebook videos, and, most importantly, the absolute s**t show that happened at OnlyFans last week. We're trying to figure out how to build a better internet for NSFW content and sex work. It turns out it's seriously complicated!



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Aug 26, 2021
The Hyper-Reality Of The Fall Of Afghanistan
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Not going to lie, this week is a little heavy. We're talking about Afghanistan and the strange and uncomfortable feeling of watching via Twitter as the Taliban took back the country. We talk about the visual aesthetics of the War on Terror and Ryan grapples with 9/11's legacy on how we consume information now. But it's not all serious this week. We also go deep on the TikTok bone drama, as well as Facebook's very dumb content report.



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Aug 19, 2021
What If The Metaverse Looked Like The Minecraft YouTuber Fandom?
3324

We've got a lot of big topics in this week's show: the metaverse, Web3, the Penis SMP, ARGs. It's all very complicated! And Luke really doesn't like most of it — or at least thinks it's dumb as hell. But we're trying to imagine a non-corporate internet that is as immersive as a video game. That's basically what we're talking about. Also, we spend A WHILE this week talking about the impending death of an alpaca in England.



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Aug 12, 2021
The Origins Of The "No Bed Frame Guy"
3328

This week we're talking about bed frames and also talking about what we're talking about when we talk about bed frames. Confused? Yeah, us to. We're looking at one of the longer-running jokes on the internet: that men in their 30s don't know how to buy a bed frame. Luke thinks the whole things smacks of class, Ryan thinks it's legit because all men are maniacs. We also talk about the Olympics!



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Aug 05, 2021
Outside Only Exists To Stage My Viral Content In
3240

We're looking at prank videos. Specifically, we're talking about how it feels weird to be outside now and it feels like irl is now just one big arena to make viral content in. Ryan also is grouchy about the Olympics and Luke explains how people find and read websites in 2021.



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Jul 29, 2021
The Future Of Everything Is Automated Landlordism
4132

We've entered the age of the hustle bro. Whether it's a bunch of horrible guys on Clubhouse or the current president of El Salvador, the world's financial structures are warping under the weight of the internet and things are getting real strange. Yes, this is another episode where we agonize over how the internet can be used to make money without being trapped inside some kind of pyramid scheme. Also, we have some NSFW updates for you!



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Jul 22, 2021
Our Impending NSFW Content Apocalypse
3180

Luke and Ryan both think that something bad is coming. There's been a lot of evidence that something very NSFW is going to trend in a big way. Manic COVID energy, the popularity of short form video apps, failing trending topic algorithms, and a desperate and extremely online need for cringe — there is a very good chance that we are looking at another US Airways plane tweet very soon. Also, Luke gets sort of emotional about football, which is fine, but let's make sure he doesn't make a habit of it.



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Jul 15, 2021
What If Everyone Online Is Actually Earnest?
2882

This week we have a revolutionary idea to float your way: What if everyone on the internet actually means what they're saying? What if all those insane columns and bad takes that float past your feed aren't actually bait, but genuine opinions being expressed by people who legitimately believe them. I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but hear us out. Also, we have a rousing discussion about cauliflower and British Halloween.



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Jul 08, 2021
Facebook Bulletin Proves No One Knows What Facebook Is Anymore, Including Facebook
3454

This week we're talking about Facebook's weird blog/newsletter thing. It's hilariously bad and very confusing and, honestly, speaks to a weirder bigger issue with Facebook which is that no one really seems to know what it is anymore. Also, we talk about how Luke doesn't like how Gen Z dresses anymore and, yes, we touch on the Oli London thing. It's a big episode!



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Jul 01, 2021
The Critical Race Theory Katamari Of Online Rage
3740

WARNING: In the first segment of this episode, we do discuss the some details about John McAfee's reported suicide. Skip to 13:00 if you have trouble listening to that kind of content. 


American Republicans have a new favorite phase for everything they don't like: Critical race theory. This week, we're digging into where the term comes from, what it actually means, and why banning it is a ridiculous and insane idea that is almost impossible. We also talk about John McAfee's whale tweets and Luke talks about football (soccer).



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Jun 24, 2021
The Passive Income Grifters Of TikTok
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This week we're talking about a bunch of different stuff. We go over the recent Chrissy Teigen drama. We talk about hustle culture. We check out some truly evil TikToks from British landlords. And Luke ranks The Avengers on how well they are at giving oral sex. A truly jam-packed episode.


Also a note: During the recording and editing of this episode, we were unaware that Courtney Stodden had come out as non-binary and now uses they/them pronouns. Ryan made the same mistake in his newsletter this week. There are two quick instances in this episode where Stodden is misgendered and it is absolutely not on purpose. It's our fault for not catching it during recording and we apologize for the error. 



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Jun 17, 2021
Every Internet Video Now Is Just An Impression Of Someone Saying Stuff
3143

One more summer grab bag episode! We're talking about COVID-19 timelines, an incredibly cursed food video, the Yashar profile, and how every video on the internet now is basically just someone imagining a person and then saying stuff that they think they would say. You know what I mean? Is that confusing? Also, more broadly, we're talking about the differences between Twitter videos and TikTok videos.



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Jun 10, 2021
Is There Actually Any Benefit To Being Yourself Online?
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This week we're talking about a bunch of stuff — Trump's blog, Instagram stan accounts, crypto stuff, and how identity works online. This makes this episode sound kind of serious, but actually this week is a bit of a fun run. Summer's here, both Luke and Ryan are vaxxed. We're letting loose and having a chill hang this week.



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Jun 03, 2021
"Geriatric Millennials" And The Digital Media Content Toilet
3711

Does it feel like suddenly there's one story splashed across every feed? Do these stories sort of make you angry for no particular reason? Is it hard to tell which news outlets are writing about it? Does it just create this weird inescapable exhaustion? Welcome to the Digital Media Content Toilet. It's where we all live now. We pick apart how "Geriatric Millennials" became a thing and what it says about how the internet works now.



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May 27, 2021
The Algorithm Craves Mall Goths
3180

This week we're talking about something that Ryan has been dying to go long on for a while: Why Myspace-style Hot Topic culture is so popular with TikTokers. What if it wasn't totally driven by nostalgia, but that were was some kind of larger algorithmic reason for its resurgence? Also, we talk about teen finance TikTok.



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May 20, 2021
There's One Magician Responsible For Most Of The Gross Viral Food Videos On Facebook
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This week we're talking about a big story that Ryan's been working on for the last few weeks. Every so often a video goes viral featuring a white lady making something truly unholy in her kitchen. Turns out most of these videos are made by the same network of Facebook creators. Even stranger, the network is run by a Vegas magician. This episode also answers a bunch of questions Ryan and Luke had a few months ago during our Facebook Watch episode. Also, we talk about the movie Tenet.



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May 13, 2021
Generation Z's Post-Post-Irony TikTok Occultism
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It's time for our first Gen Z Quarterly Review! We haven't checked in on zoomers in a while and it seems like now's as good a time as any. We're talking about TikTok magic, Wojack memes, post-radicalized irony poisoning, and DIY one-man clickbait farms. It's a brave new world, folks, and it's cheugy as hell. Also, we talk about a very very cursed photo of a house for a while.



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May 06, 2021
Everyone's Mad About Things That Aren't Happening
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It's called "cancel culture" but that's not quite right. What's happening, instead, is a large-scale weaponization of outrage bait. It's happening predominantly on the right, but also can happen on the left! As Luke in this episode sums it up: "Everyone's mad about things that aren't happening." We're focusing on the Kamala Harris book story, the Biden banning meat thing, and one shocking development that happened on TikTok last week. What's even crazier, though, is that just because a lot of this stuff is not happening doesn't mean it doesn't matter. Also, we talk about the Oscars!



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Apr 29, 2021
The Hypercapitalist Influencer Nightmare Monopoly Of Professional Soccer
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We're talking about sports this week! Specifically, the rise and fall of the European Super League — a disastrous attempt to at a football monopoly. Luke promises this isn't ACTUALLY about football, but actually a larger metaphor for the internet at large. We'll see! Also, we talk about the London mayoral election and old dudes who are good at rapping.



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Apr 22, 2021
How Do We Fix Online Advertising?
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We've made it this far into the show without talking about ads. But this week we're finally diving in. Luke explains this week why online advertising is bad and how we can fix it. TL;DR — ending targeted ads. Also, we talk a lot about Prince Philip. Also also, Ryan has a lovely story about Pokémon. But, mainly, we're talking about ads.



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Apr 15, 2021
Yahoo! Answers And The Legacy We Leave Behind Online
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This week's episode is DENSE. And it takes some TURNS. What we're talking about is the end of Yahoo! Answers. And yes, we do just read a bunch of good ones. But also, we're talking about what the internet means over time. What happens when a company just deletes the things we've posted? Do we lose something? But also, don't we save the best stuff just by screenshotting it? Also, how was babby formed? Also also, Luke debuts his new theory of content. Like I said, big episode!



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Apr 08, 2021
Lil Nas X And The Suez Canal Theory Of Total Internet
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Look, we're aware that title sounds like a whole bunch of nonsense, but trust us. It will make sense. This week we're talking about Lil Nas X, but we're also talking about Facebook's new algorithmic attitude, but we're also talking about fights about who is the sexiest bald man in the world, but we're also talking about the Suez Canal. It's all connected! 



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Apr 01, 2021
The Snyder Cut And The Grimdark Stupid-Fun Mega-Long Future Of Content
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We did it. We're here. We've watched the Snyder Cut and we're ready to talk about it. We liked it! It was stupid. It was long. But it's also a piece of content that sits somewhere between a traditional blockbuster film and a bingeable TV series. The online fandom surrounding the film is out of control. Oh, also, we talk about The Tweet.



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Mar 25, 2021
We're Living In The Girlboss-Gatekeep-Gaslight Era Now
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This week is all about the very weird "new normal" of life under the Biden Administration. Some weirdo is running a Twitter account for his dogs. Reporters are writing stories about the official amount of days he's been in office. People are posting Love, Actually memes again. It's a mess! Also, Luke saw the new Adam Curtis documentary and his brain is literal mush.



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Mar 18, 2021
The Royal Family Is WWE For Rich Old White People, But With Very Real Consequences
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This week we have BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall on the show. She's an incredible reporter and understands the world of British tabloids and the double speak and warped point of view of the royal press better than anyone. We talk about how royal news cycles work and what the papers are really saying when they're breathlessly covering Meghan and Harry. We also explore why, this week, that all blew up. It's a big episode!



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Mar 11, 2021
How Your Fave Is Problematic Changed The Internet Forever
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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 jeans. It's a big episode.



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Mar 04, 2021
Unfortunately, We're Going To Talk About Blockchain Now
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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? Also, we talk about pubs a bunch. 



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Feb 25, 2021
Slate Star Codex And The Inescapable Blackhole Of Blog Drama
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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 very controversial New York Times piece that dropped this week. It's all very confusing, but we promise it's interesting! Also, this week, Ryan and Luke talk about the Joker for a little while.

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Feb 18, 2021
The Fandom Content Sweatshops
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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 end does have some brief spoilers for WandaVision



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Feb 11, 2021
Elon Musk Doesn't "Get" Memes, He's Just George Takei For Redditors
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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 second. It's all just content for him.



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Feb 04, 2021
The Big GameStop Episode
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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 to trade crypto. It's a jam-packed episode!



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Jan 28, 2021
Content Hell, Part 3: "I Have A Void Inside Of Me And I Need To Fill It With As Much Facebook Nonsense As Possible"
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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". Very excited to finally be able to talk about other things for once!!! Oh, also, we talk about Macklemore in this episode.



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Jan 21, 2021
Content Hell, Part 2: When Exactly Should We Have Banned Trump?
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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? When was the moment a platform like Twitter could have stopped this? Also, Luke tells a very interesting story about a British man running an illegal Japanese restaurant out of his home. Stay tuned for next week's hopefully final episode of our Content Hell miniseries.



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Jan 14, 2021
Welcome To Content Hell
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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 and confusing time. But everything is content, even an insurrection, and we're going to try and figure out exactly how this all works and where it's going.



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Jan 08, 2021
[SPECIAL VACATION EPISODE] Post Post Credit Scene - Shazam
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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 Shazam. So this is kind of a fun one. If you're interested in hearing the whole series, definitely check out the Patreon. See you next week, everyone!



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Dec 31, 2020
[SPECIAL VACATION EPISODE] Post Post Credit Scene - Justice League
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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 mother(box) of terrible superhero movies. If you're interested in hearing the whole series, definitely check out the Patreon. See you next year, everyone!



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Dec 24, 2020
A Unified Theory Of 2020's Real Bad Posts
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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 genitalia works in "Cyberpunk 2077". It's a jam-packed episode!



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Dec 17, 2020
Luke Hates The Monoliths
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This week Luke tries to convince Ryan that the monoliths popping up all over the world are actually bad and annoying and dumb. Ryan thinks it's a cool meme like the Area 51 raids. Also, it feels like the world is running out of content. What happens if that happens???



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Dec 10, 2020
Men Love Declaring Themselves Sovereign Citizens And Then Wandering Into The Woods To Die
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This week we're talking about the sovereign citizen conspiracy theory. Why is it back? How does it relate to QAnon? How does it connect to scotch eggs. Luke and Ryan get to the bottom of all of these questions. And more! 



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Dec 03, 2020
How The Dumb And Horrible Finale Of "Supernatural" Blew Up The Internet
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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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Nov 26, 2020
...Alright, Let's Talk About Newsletters
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WARNING: The episode contains a lot of dumb media talk. This week Ryan and Luke do their best to explain why everyone cares about newsletters all of a sudden. Does the fact a bunch of annoying White Guys In Media started newsletters mean the entire thing is bad now? (The answer is no.) Also, Luke explains why all of the UK was fighting about a photo of spaghetti earlier this week.



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Nov 19, 2020
The Big US Election Social Platform Report Card
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This week, like The Avengers, we arise from the wreckage of the U.S. president election and take stock of which platforms screwed up the least bad. Facebook seemed to be alright for a day or two. Twitter has been pretty diligent too. YouTube? Not so much! Also, Ryan forces Luke to talk about that Joe Biden Endgame video.



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Nov 12, 2020
The Low-Trust Voter And The Twitch Theory Of Politics
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It's a bit of a crazy episode this week. Luke is in full work mode and Ryan is still on the road. But they promised you an election episode and by god, they're going to give you. Luke shares his theory that Facebook has created a brand new voting bloc — the low-trust voter. And Ryan shares his theory that most people in America actually want better minimum wage and healthcare, but they also just want to root for a bombastic personality to inflict political cruelty on people they don't like. It's a cheery episode!



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Nov 05, 2020
*Gold Digger Prank* You'll Never Believe What Happens At The End. The Girls Go Wild. [Milk Prank]
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This week, Ryan and Luke were asked to solve a mystery for one of their listeners: Why is my Facebook feed full of weird "prank" videos and stupid street magic? They also talk about British 4chan users and the dream of being an incredibly basic man working in sales who lives in the suburbs.



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Oct 29, 2020
The Million Dollar Industry Behind A.I.-Powered Anime Girl Streamers
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VTubers are suddenly everywhere. They're AI-powered cartoon anime avatars that stream for hours on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Luke, before this week, didn't know anything about them. But unfortunately for him, Ryan did a big deep dive into the bizarre companies that own these avatars and now we've got to talk about it. It's weird. It's extremely popular. It's not going away. It also recently almost kicked off an international crisis with China.



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Oct 22, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg's Algorithm Vs. Alexander Hamilton's Algorithm
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It's the episode maybe some of you have been waiting for! We're talking about Facebook. It controls the whole world and makes everyone totally miserable. This week, Luke shares the question he's had since 2018: Is the algorithm that powers Facebook stronger and more effective than the algorithm that runs America, i.e. the constitution. This all sounds very high-concept and that's because it is, but don't worry, Ryan does eventually figure out a way to talk about furries.



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Oct 15, 2020
Let's Figure Out What The Worst Fandom On The Internet Is!
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This week we have a GIANT-SIZED episode for you. Luke and Ryan came up with a list of the 13 most toxic fandoms on the internet and then they attempted to pick just one that is more toxic than all the others. It wasn't easy. There is a lot happening in this episode. Luke yells about books. Ryan has a meltdown about Star Wars. It's a real emotional journey. Join us, won't you?



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Oct 08, 2020
When Did The Internet Become A Giant Pyramid Scheme?
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Fake influencers. Weird marketing companies. Fake Instagram backdrops. Multi-level-marketing TikTok companies. Nothing online feels real anymore but also feels more important than ever. It wasn't always like this! But now everyone acts like it's normal. Why? When did this change? And does it matter? Also, Luke and Ryan have an extremely long conversation about whether or not Europeans know what ice cubes are.



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Oct 01, 2020
I Have Successfully Infiltrated The Private Facebook Group Making My Home Town Insane
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This week Luke and Ryan are talking about small towns! Specifically, what has been happening to small towns on Facebook. Weird conspiracy theories. Toxic fighting. Weird drama. In a world where your local community probably doesn't have a newspaper anymore but definitely has a bunch of deranged Facebook Groups, things can get pretty damn confusing. Also, Ryan opens up about the weird pandemic game he's been playing where he tries to guess whether or not certain actors on TV are Canadian.



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Sep 24, 2020
Please, For The Love Of God, Don't Make Us Pokémon Go Back To The Polls
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It's an election episode! Luke and Ryan have basically ignored the election for the last few months, but this week they're finally getting into it. Ryan shares his theory that Hillary Clinton saying Pokémon Go to the polls was the most important political moment of the last four years and then Luke says a bunch of more sensible things about political history. Also, Luke talks about the big bag of wet eggs currently trending on Twitter. It's a jam-packed show!



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Sep 17, 2020
Sorry, But 30-Year-Olds CANNOT Join A Hype House
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Luke and Ryan dive into the world of TikTok content houses. Hype House, Sway House, Club House, there are too many to keep track of! What would be like, psychologically, to live in a house full of other influencers grinding for internet traffic? Probably pretty bad! They also talk about British indie rock from the mid-00s. Ryan also lists his various grudges. It's a fun time!

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Sep 10, 2020
...Alright, Let's Talk About QAnon
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We've put it off for a few weeks now, but we're finally getting into it. Let's talk about Q. Luke and Ryan start things off with their first introductions to the bizarre and dangerous (and incredibly asinine) conspiracy theory and also try and unpack where they think this whole thing is headed. Global religion? Weird forgotten quirk of history? Will brands turn it into a weird marketing thing? This week is also the premiere of the Patreon-exclusive Content Mines spin-off "Post Post Credit Scene". Make sure to head over to the Content Mines Patreon and check it out!



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Sep 03, 2020
How A 12-Year-Old Furry Destroyed The Scots Wikipedia
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Luke and Ryan canceled their plans for an episode on QAnon this week because another story had come to light that required their attention: The teenage furry who spent seven years filling up the Scots-language Wikipedia with gibberish. This is a BIG episode and there is a lot in it. They talk about linguistics, Scottish history, colonialism, the brony-to-furry pipeline, the physical effects of drinking too much Buckfast, and also read off some of the greats Scottish tweets of all time. Buckle up, folks.



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Aug 27, 2020
Be A Witch, Do Crimes, But Don't Rob Graves. Hex Stuff, Especially Fascists, But Leave The Moon Alone.
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We're talking about witch internet this week! Summer's windy down, spooky season is starting, and recently a group of baby witches cursed the moon. What does that mean? Hell if we know, but we're going to do our best to guide you through it. Also, Ryan went to a psychic in 2019 who told him that 2020 was going to be a really good year for him. What the hell is the deal with that? She could have given him a heads up. This hAS NOT BEEN A GOOD YEar!!! Also, Luke explains why you're seeing Plane Simulator stuff everywhere right now. It's a big episode!



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Aug 20, 2020
"My [23F] boyfriend [35M] hasn't used toilet paper in 5 years and now thinks he can speak Japanese"
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Reddit's r/relationships subreddit is a treasure trove of dysfunction and misery. Luke is convinced every single post is fake. Ryan is certain that every post is real. Click play if you want to listen to them fight about it for over 50 minutes. Also, this episode was recorded on literally one of the hottest days of the year in both the northeast of the US and London. So WARNING: there's a lot of really gnarly descriptions of sweat. 



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Aug 13, 2020
The Mountain Dew-Doritos-Gamer Military Industrial Complex
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The US Army has an eSports team. The US Army's eSports team streams on Twitch. A lot of people are very mad about this. In the UK, apparently the British military is using a podcast about the reality show Love Island to recruit people. Everything's really weird! Luke and Ryan try to wrestle with the very morally strange world of online army recruitment in 2020. Why does the army need a social media manager for their eSports team? Why is the National Guard partnering with Mountain Dew to sponsor video game tournaments? Why can't things just be normal? I hate the future.



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Aug 06, 2020
Why Is Everyone Talking About Cottagecore? (And Is It Fascist?)
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What is Cottagecore? Is it just a simple trend on TikTok and Instagram about getting back to a simpler life — one that involves a cottage? Or is it some weird new way internet fascists are radicalizing teens? Or is it both? Luke and Ryan try their best to get to the bottom of this extremely important online mystery. Along they way, though, they get pretty sidetracked by Taylor Swift's new album and go on a big tangent about Steampunk. Also, Luke has a tweet about a pool that he's been dying to talk about. It's a jam-packed episode!



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Jul 30, 2020
Tumblr Cringe And Why 2014 Was The Last Good Year Online
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Luke and Ryan dig into the cringey, but beautiful legacy of peak Tumblr. They explore that one fateful weekend in Chicago when a bunch of grifters convinced Tumblr cosplayers to invade an unsuspecting hotel in Chicago to attend the ill-fated DashCon. They also look at what Luke refers to as the beginning of the "era of mass-produced viral content." Can anyone break the internet anymore? Or is it just completely broken now? Also, is TikTok culture the thing we'll look back on in five years and feel the same level of secondhand embarrassment that we feel looking at old SuperWhoLock posts? So many questions! Head over to our Patreon for show notes and a great video of a skateboarding dog.



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Jul 23, 2020
#CumGate, The Barstool Sports Simulation, Lord Sugar's Shitpics
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There's a lot of words in that title that are probably confusing and I refusing to explain any of them. This week we have Alex Hern, UK technology editor for the Guardian, and he's going to try to explain why the name of the UK's biggest political scandal of the coronavirus age is stuck in Twitter's porn filter. WARNING: This episode contains repeated use of the word "cum" and also discussion of both Rick And Morty and Warhammer 40K.



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May 29, 2020
Latin Twitter Curses, Competitive Sudoku Streams, BTS' Mysterious Countdown, And YouTube Simulations Of The Titanic Sinking
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This week is a real good! Forget last week. This is prime time. We've got Ikran Dahir, reporter for BuzzFeed News, talking about a mysterious countdown the K-Pop group BTS is doing on Twitter and we've got Abby Ohlheiser, internet culture reporter for the MIT Technology Review, talking about how she can't stop watching real-time YouTube reenacts of famous shipwrecks.



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May 22, 2020
Robert Pattinson's Disgusting Pasta, "British People Be Like" Memes, A POV Video Of Boston, And A TikTok Traffic Scam
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This week it's just Ryan and Luke! We wanted to catch up on a few things we've been putting off for a few weeks. We dissect how Robert Pattinson eats, have a bunch of needless arguments about the differences between Americans and British people, and then finish the episode by ranting about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. All in all, a pretty good week.



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May 14, 2020
Disco Elysium, The Trevor B*****d Extended Universe, and X Æ A-12
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New week, new nonsense. We've got author Dan Dalton on the show and he's very excited to talk to us about an RPG he's been playing that he claims is almost as good as being able to go outside and experience normal life. Also, Verge reporter Julia Alexander is back to break down how the movie Trolls: World Tour has changed movie history forever. 



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May 07, 2020
That Casey Frey Chopping Wood Video, An Ant Facebook Group, A Meme Brian Feldman Found, And The Two-Year Anniversary Of Luke And Ryan's Last Podcast
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This week we're taking it easy. Back to basics. Focusing on what makes this show work, you know? We have Brian Feldman, internet culture reporter and writer of the Bnet newsletter, and he decided all he wanted to talk about was some weird meme he found on Facebook. WARNING: This episode contains a lot of Marvel movies talk. We swear, once it's out of our system, we probably won't do it again.



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May 01, 2020
The Big Baby, YouTube Videos Of Cher's Old Infomercials, Dril, And FindAGrave.com
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This week is very special. We have Julia Furlan, who currently is working on podcasts for Vox Media, and Katie Notopoulos, senior reporter for BuzzFeed News. They once worked on a podcast with Ryan called Internet Explorer. So if you liked that podcast, you'll probably sorta kinda like this one too.



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Apr 24, 2020
Mushroom Internet, Mother-In-Law Subreddits, And Twitch
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Welp! Here we're back. This week we have Andrew Gauthier, the former Director of Digital Content for Kamala Harris, talking about how the internet helped him awaken a love for hunting for mushrooms, Ellie Hall, senior reporter for BuzzFeed News, talking about the drama going on inside subreddits dedicated to tracking unstable mothers-in-law, and Bijan Stephen, Twitch and livestreaming reporter for The Verge, talking about why Twitch is good.



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Apr 16, 2020
Making Bread, Bad British Tabloid Recipes, Rabid Lady Gaga Stans, And Quarantine Astrology
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Look, if you keep listening, we're just gonna keep making these. This week we have Cates Holderness, senior Brand Marketing Strategist at Tumblr, on to talk about making bread, Kalhan Rosenblatt, reporter for NBC News, to talk about feral Lady Gaga stans, Kassy Cho, freelance journalist, on to talk about why quarantine is especially hard for Geminis, and Julia Alexander, reporter for The Verge, about why Batman V Super: Dawn Of Justice is actually a good movie.



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Apr 10, 2020
The Snake Diet, Tiger King, Animal Crossing, And Shaving Your Head For Twitter
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Well, here's another one of these, I guess. This week we have Gene Park, Washington Post reporter on video games and gaming culture, who explains why Animal Crossing is actually good. Ryan and Luke investigate why the users of Reddit's r/SnakeDiet are drinking their own piss, Luke shares his thoughts as a British person about Netflix's Tiger King, and Luke also explains why everyone in the UK is shaving their heads for Twitter clout.



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Apr 03, 2020
r/WallStreetBets, British Lads Hit Each Other With Chair, And Porn Bombing Zoom Hangouts
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Are you still listening to this? We have three very special guests this week. Hussein Kesvani, UK and Europe editor of MEL Magazine, talks about how the users from Reddit's r/WallStreetBets is having an emotional breakdown, Casey Newton, Silicon Valley Editor for The Verge, talks about porn bombing Zoom hangouts, and Julia Alexander, Reporter for The Verge, talks about why she hates Animal Crossing.



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Mar 26, 2020
Fallout: Equestria, The Premier League, And Alien Ant Farm
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Alright, here goes nothing. Luke and I talk about the fan fiction masterpiece Fallout: Equestria, the fact Premier League soccer has ended, and why everyone's talking about the band Alien Ant Farm again.



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Mar 20, 2020