Hold On To Your Butts

The internet’s a weird place. We’re going to show you.

On this show, we’ll be choosing a few stories that encapsulate what’s so strange about the internet and how we reacted to those stories. The internet is a cultural engine, and we’re going to try to explore how it works (and doesn’t).

Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 9 – Peak Bullshit: Upworthy/Livetweeting

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It’s Episode 9! The internet is swimming in bullshit and feel-goodery, and we’re here to talk about that. First, Upworthy’s clickbait headlines have saturated Facebook, whether the underlying stories are true or not. Then, there are a bunch of people creating their own mini reality shows using Twitter, also becoming popular whether they’re true or not. Finally, an update on Wikipedia vandalism, a ridiculous (local!) car chase, and the first ever selfie. Join us, won’t you?

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 8 – Wikipedia / Horse_Ebooks / PronunciationBook

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Welcome back! It’s episode 8! The hiatus is over, and we’ve finally figured out how to do these shows from two different cities. Apologies for the audio problems in the middle. We discuss Wikipedia’s growing lobbying problem, the strange story of Horse_ebooks and PronunciationBook, and finally our links of the week and updates. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 7 – Rolling Stone Cover / Lonelygirl15

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Welcome to episode 7! Sorry for the delay; this one took a long time in editing. This episode features a short discussion about the Rolling Stone magazine cover photo of the Boston bombing suspect, a longer discussion about the phenomenon that was Lonelygirl15, and links of the week and updates. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 6 – Trayvon Martin Trial / Corporate Warfare

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Welcome to episode 6! In section one, it’s all about the internet’s response to the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman trial, ranging from the very serious (racism) to the somewhat light-hearted (Skype hijinks). Next, companies are waging wars daily to become the go-to place for internet services. We’ve got two stories about such wars. And finally, our internet things of the “week,” including a lengthy rant about Kid Nation from myself. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

(EDIT (7/13/2013, 10:18pm): The court in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case just announced that the jury has found Mr. Zimmerman not guilty of an sort of homicide offense. This does not change anything we said in the episode, but it was obviously recorded before this announcement.)

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 5 – The NSA Whistleblower

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This episode, number 5, is all about the recent revelations about the NSA and its data-gathering operations. First, we talk about what actually was revealed and what it might mean. Then, we talk about the whistleblower himself and how he’s being received by the internet at large, either as a hero or as a traitor. Finally, some updates, show notes, and featured links. This episode’s subject is rapidly evolving, so new information is coming out all of the time. As a result, our coverage of the story might be lacking. We’ve still got some serious thoughts. We’ll be back for more fun next episode. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 4 – Crack Smoking Mayor / Godus

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Welcome to episode 4, the “technical difficulty” episode. First: we discuss Gawker’s involvement with Tornoto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford. Then, Peter Molyneux’s iPhone game experiment “Curiosity” and the surprising sequel. Finally, in a segment that took three recording tries to finally get right, feedback and links of the week. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

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Hold On To Your Butts – Episode 3 – Kitchen Nightmares / Arrested Development

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In episode 3, Tobias and Stephen talk about telvision. First: something crazy that happened on Kitchen Nightmares recently and how the internet makes reality television more real. Next: why the return of Arrested Development kind of changes everything. And, finally: an update on an old hatchet-weilding friend and our internet things of the week. As always, please email us with feedback or leave it below! (CAUTION: there are some swears in this.)

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