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While the olds weren’t looking, the youngs invented yet another art form on TikTok and its copycats. What's more, it will probably have mutated again by the time you get to the end of this episode.
Are you in danger? How much danger? How much are you willing to pay to be in less danger, and who’s cashing those cheques? Elizabeth and Karen tumble down the safety capitalism rabbit hole.
Have you watched Bo Burnham: Inside? Do you enjoy listening to passionate people talking about the art they enjoy? Do you have a high endurance for unjustifiably long podcast episodes? Then this bonus episode is for you! If this isn’t your thing then have no fear, a regular episode of That’s a Thing will be out soon.
Elizabeth and Karen go on a powerful and superficial quest for self-understanding. On the way they find witchcraft, pseudoscience, and maybe even themselves. We’ve consulted the stars and they say you’re in for a wonderful podcast experience. The stars are never wrong. ;)
The internet contains untrue things. Elizabeth explores how tributes to a beloved children’s author got hijacked by accident, and how kid-friendly cooking videos are not always what they seem.
We bid farewell to a piece of internet history, and (lovingly) rip off the McElroys in the bargain.
Do you have games on your phone? Elizabeth does, and in this episode, she’ll share some tips and tricks for navigating the hit-and-miss abyss that is the Apple App Store. But first, some words from our beloved editor and gamer extraordinaire, Jon.
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?!
Is a Disney kid’s hit the work of TikTok astroturfing? PogChamp is canceled — should we feel bad? If Dream doped his e-sports, what’s left to believe in? Elizabeth interprets for Karen.
Our first episode on TikTok discussed the app as a cultural phenomenon, but what about *art*? We look at how music has shaped TikTok and how the app has come to rule the charts. Also, Elizabeth progresses her redemption arc.
Elizabeth explains the strange resurrection of an early-2000s cartoon, and then introduces Karen to the ever-uncannier world of manufactured entertainers. She totally wrecked her YouTube history for this, so enjoy!
Elizabeth and Karen find creepypasta galore at the Halloween store, then explore the growing cultural relevance of Among Us.
Elizabeth takes us back to the good(?) old(?) days to examine the internet artifacts of her youth, and gauge how cringe-y they are now. Jon returns with his customary snark and a dramatic reading of archival Tumblr.
In this conclusion of a two-part series, Elizabeth explains how and why her generation makes desire paths around and between the walled gardens of the internet, and Karen marvels at the orality of an apparently literate form.
Karen just wanted to know why Elizabeth reads Tumblr on Instagram, and it turned into a two-part episode on how the web evolved from a nerdy, interconnected blogosphere to the semi-siloed mishmash we have today. This is Part 1.
The moon is hexed, the witches are vexed and scene kids keep typing in L337 text. So, what’s up with that? We dive into the complex and often overlapping realms of fashion and subculture.
Karen quizzes Elizabeth and Jon about the end of their high school and junior high years, as the strangest school year ever comes to a close. Also, Elizabeth’s Pride Month recommendations.
Elizabeth has thoughts on Quibi, Some Good News, responsible ways to share bad but important news, and why gifs now mark you as a n00b. Karen chimes in where possible.
Elizabeth and Karen compare and contrast the nature of comedy for their respective generations, and crack each other up a fair amount along the way.
Elizabeth offers insight into the teenage mindset during a pandemic, and provides Karen with some much-needed diversion as we do our duty and stay home.
As threatened in the previous episode, we look at what fuels current teenage fandoms for musical theatre and compare it to older experiences, with the help of Kyle Marshall of Putting It Together. Also, we won an award!
Exams ate Elizabeth’s time, so we’re sharing our recent appearance on Putting It Together, Kyle Marshall’s great podcast about the music of Stephen Sondheim. Consider this a prelude...
Here's what you can expect from our sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20.
Having allowed YouTube to raise her children, Karen now turns to Elizabeth to explain it all to her, through the lens (eventually) of the annual Rewind video.
Elizabeth gets into the labels and epithets assigned by the internet, and where the mainstream media gets them wrong. Karen just feels very attacked.
Elizabeth and Jon introduce their mom to the world of Lost Media, reveal their desire to keep everything forever, and unspool two of their favourite mysteries.
Elizabeth takes Karen on a journey from Area 51 to the climate strike, and considers the role memes and social media play in mobilization. Do a good praxis, everyone.
Elizabeth gets mad and Karen gets madder about an insidious new way for shady companies to recruit teens to sell stuff for them.
Jon slides into Elizabeth’s chair to enlighten Karen about recent memes and accuse her of being a Boomer (the nerve!). Creative or cringe? You be the judge.
Karen grew up in the golden age of CanCon. But Elizabeth’s generation prefers Spotify and YouTube to radio and TV. So are Canadian content rules even a thing anymore? And should they be?