We love you (but not like that)
In this feature-length epic, Elizabeth and Karen dive deep into the puzzle of parasocial relationships. How bad can they really be? How do we fix them? And most importantly, won’t somebody think of the children?!
Here are the things we mentioned in the episode:
- Triple H: The counterculture-to-corporate pipeline
- Some influencers use their power for good — e.g. Linda Hoang
- Karen doesn’t fangirl about podcasts, but she does recommend them on CBC Radio Active on the first Monday of the month, or on Fridays in The Pulse
- Parasocial interaction
- Kat Blaque, Princess Weekes, and Tee Noir — left-wing YouTubers of colour, among many
- Dream, Wilbur Soot, TommyInnit, Tubbo — gaming YouTubers who’ve exploded in popularity
- Callback to our episode on PewDiePie, jacksepticeye, and Markiplier
- CallMeCarson (and cancelled)
- ARGs, and the Wiki for Wilbur Soot’s game
- Callback to our Among Us episode
- Corpse has amassed a massive, active fanbase
- Corpse’s Spotify page
- The polls exploit in the YouTube Algorithm
- Raid: Shadow Legends and the controversy around it
- Whang! is entertaining, not scrupulous
- Everything goes back to Harold Innis
- Callback (way back) to our Tide Pods episode
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