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 159: UFO Disinformation

Patrick invites guest hosts podcaster, Roejen, from the Project Archivist podcast and author Eric Wojciehowski to discuss UFO subcultures, intelligence agency disinformation campaigns, and black budget tomfoolery.   We discuss the possibility of the United States government using UFO sightings as cover for black budget projects.  We also touch on the history of the UFO subculture and the seeding of agents within the subculture to monitor larger groups and political movements.

Notes

We believe Tom DeLonge, who quit blink-182 to prove aliens exist

The real Men in Black, Hollywood and the great UFO cover-up

WHAT IS UP WITH THOSE PENTAGON UFO VIDEOS?

Cassidy’s Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas

Mirage Men

Silver Screen Saucers

Hypernormalisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 157: Ready Player One

Patrick is joined by guest host and fellow teacher, Jesse Kiefer from @jessekiefer  the Grawlix Podcast to discuss the concepts in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One.  We discuss the themes of pop culture overdosing, the future of education, and the inherent dangers of big tech.  

It is All Elseworlds

Why are we trying to create Ready Player One’s terrifying, nostalgia-fueled dystopia?

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline on how his gamer fantasy became a Spielberg film

Ready Player One’ is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie

Why won’t 541,000 young Japanese leave the house?

Study: Virtual schools tend to attract and harm lowest-performing students

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

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 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 150: The Alternate History of Walt Disney

Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians with Walt Disney.   Would Walt have us all living in some retro-futuristic utopia by 2018?  Would we be living in scaled-up Singapore?  If Disney went under would we have Bugs Bunny fever for 80 years?  Would we all just be living under the fear of Mouseketeer death squads?  Four different alternate timelines are devised and debated.

Four Timelines are…

What would happen if Walt ran as Republican in 1952 presidential election?

What if Disneyland was followed up by a Disney World in Missouri, Branson?

What if Disney went under after the animator strike of 1941?

Epcot is constructed as a World’s Fair and industrial park that showcases city planning technology?

Dark Timeline

Happy Timeline

Disney Animators Strike 1941

FBI, Hoover, Disney Snitch

Drawing the Line Book

Trump and Disney hot take