EP 161: Social Culture Warriors

Patrick invites Cassidy Robinson of the podcast, Jabber and the Drone, to discuss how YouTube helped reignite the culture wars that lay dormant for a decade.  We run through how electoral politics have become social politics and how regulation and gate keeping can help clean up the algorithmic mess of social media and streaming services.

Notes

Jabber and the Drone podcast

History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

The ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Is Just Rehashing History on Trial: Culture Wars and Old P.C. Controversies in New Media

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web

HOW MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE FINDING UNLIKELY ALLIES IN NEW ATHEISM: #METOO, THE MANOSPHERE, AND THE “CHURCH OF FEMINISM”

Mattress Protest and Its Aftermath

Columbia Settles With ‘Mattress Girl’ Victim, Who Is Not Mattress Girl, Somehow

Facebook’s Alleged Role in Myanmar’s Violence Is “Deeply Concerning,” Says Facebook’s News Feed Chief

Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

Dan Savage It Gets Better NPR

 

EP 158: Fordism

Dennis returns from his “deathbed” and Patrick fixed the stream to allow the podcast back onto iTunes.  We discuss Henry Ford, Detroit and Dearborn of the 1930’s, and the manner in which America could have or do fall into authoritarian rule. We look at how the Black Legion subverted democracy.  We wrap things up with musing about liberal democracy and American national identity.

Henry Ford’s Reign of Terror

The Black Legion

Terror in the City of Champions

Dearborn Independent archives

Henry Ford’s Experiment to Build a Better Worker

Park project to mark Ford Massacre, one of the bloodiest events in Detroit labor history

Deep in Brazil’s Amazon, Exploring the Ruins of Ford’s Fantasyland

Plot Against America

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

EP 156: Very Online Problems

Patrick is joined by guest host Hinton to have a wide-ranging conversation about the areas in which internet subculture bleed into American political culture.

Gamergate

Timeline of Gamergate

Comicsgate Is Gamergate’s Next Horrible Evolution

Gamergate vs. Trump

What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left

Worst of Reddit

Reddit Bans ‘Incel’ Group for Inciting Violence Against Women

Exclusive: Reddit Says It’s Cooperating With Russia Investigations. They’ve Handed Over Zero Documents.

EP 154: Best That Never Was

This week we delve into three athletes that were the greatest that never became the greatest.

We bring three different athletes from three different sports and wonder aloud on what their impact would be on the American landscape

  1. Len Bias

How An Athlete’s Death Led To Shoddy Drug Laws

30 Years after Basketball Star Len Bias’ Death, Its Drug War Impact Endures

    2.  Steve Dalkowski

A look back at Steve Dalkowski, one of baseball’s most mythical fireballers

High Heat: History of the Fast Ball

   3.  Joe Don Looney

The Greatest Player Who Never Was

Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

Random Stuff

City of Champions

Ford Hunger Riot 1932

EP 153: Snake Oil

Patrick is joined by guest host Mike “Red Wizard” Fallek to discuss bunk, hoaxes, junk science and general groupthink in American society.  We start with PT Barnum and end with TED Talks. This one is hard to pin down we go in all over the place, there is a thesis in there someplace.  

You can find Mike here Let’s Start A Cult Podcast

Dark Twins Mark Twain’s America

Great Moon Hoax

This deconstruction of all TED Talks is itself the ideal TED Talk

America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished History

EP 152: Norse America or Nouveau France

This week alternate North Americas are discussed.  What would an America look like with a Norse Nova Scotian Empire?  How would a cold war between New France, England, and their American colonies play out in 1820?  What would America look like without a Puritan colony?

Notes

New France Forever

Vinland Empire

European Population Maps

The Peshawar Lancers, by S.M. Stirling

Clash of Eagles

The Years of Rice and Salt

What if the Vikings Stayed In America?

EP 151: Twilight Zone Draft

This week Patrick is joined by guest host Keith Foster from Tonight in San Diego and the podcast Jabber and the Drone to have a Twilight Zone draft.  We discuss Keith’s effort to create a live improv version of the Twilight Zone, what makes Zone endure, and provide some cultural and historical context around the themes of the show.  Plus we draft our favorite ten episodes and spoil them all.  

Links

Tonight in San Diego

Jabber and the Drone

Simpson’s and Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s Vast Promised Land: Battling Sponsors, Debating the FCC and Fighting for Mature Television, 1959–1966