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The Content Mines
62 minutes | 3 days ago
How Do We Fix Online Advertising?
We've made it this far into the show without talking about ads. But this week we're finally diving in. Luke explains this week why online advertising is bad and how we can fix it. TL;DR — ending targeted ads. Also, we talk a lot about Prince Philip. Also also, Ryan has a lovely story about Pokémon. But, mainly, we're talking about ads.
69 minutes | 10 days ago
Yahoo! Answers And The Legacy We Leave Behind Online
This week's episode is DENSE. And it takes some TURNS. What we're talking about is the end of Yahoo! Answers. And yes, we do just read a bunch of good ones. But also, we're talking about what the internet means over time. What happens when a company just deletes the things we've posted? Do we lose something? But also, don't we save the best stuff just by screenshotting it? Also, how was babby formed? Also also, Luke debuts his new theory of content. Like I said, big episode!
57 minutes | 17 days ago
Lil Nas X And The Suez Canal Theory Of Total Internet
Look, we're aware that title sounds like a whole bunch of nonsense, but trust us. It will make sense. This week we're talking about Lil Nas X, but we're also talking about Facebook's new algorithmic attitude, but we're also talking about fights about who is the sexiest bald man in the world, but we're also talking about the Suez Canal. It's all connected!
64 minutes | 24 days ago
The Snyder Cut And The Grimdark Stupid-Fun Mega-Long Future Of Content
We did it. We're here. We've watched the Snyder Cut and we're ready to talk about it. We liked it! It was stupid. It was long. But it's also a piece of content that sits somewhere between a traditional blockbuster film and a bingeable TV series. The online fandom surrounding the film is out of control. Oh, also, we talk about The Tweet.
57 minutes | a month ago
We're Living In The Girlboss-Gatekeep-Gaslight Era Now
This week is all about the very weird "new normal" of life under the Biden Administration. Some weirdo is running a Twitter account for his dogs. Reporters are writing stories about the official amount of days he's been in office. People are posting Love, Actually memes again. It's a mess! Also, Luke saw the new Adam Curtis documentary and his brain is literal mush.
66 minutes | a month ago
The Royal Family Is WWE For Rich Old White People, But With Very Real Consequences
This week we have BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall on the show. She's an incredible reporter and understands the world of British tabloids and the double speak and warped point of view of the royal press better than anyone. We talk about how royal news cycles work and what the papers are really saying when they're breathlessly covering Meghan and Harry. We also explore why, this week, that all blew up. It's a big episode!
65 minutes | a month ago
How Your Fave Is Problematic Changed The Internet Forever
We're finally doing it, folks. We're talking about Your Fave Is Problematic, one of the most important Tumblr blogs of our time. That means we're going to be talking about John Green and Tumblr drama and cancel culture and all the other stuff that, honestly, we should have just left in 2013. We also talk about WandaVision and agonize over skinny jeans. It's a big episode.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Unfortunately, We're Going To Talk About Blockchain Now
We're talking bout crypto this week. Sorry! There's a lot going on in that world right now and Luke and Ryan have finally decided to jump in. This episode is a little technical, but don't worry, we also spend a lot of time talking about Spider-Man so it evens out. Basically, we're trying to answer a fairly simple question — is crypto good or bad? Also, we talk about pubs a bunch.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Slate Star Codex And The Inescapable Blackhole Of Blog Drama
This week we have a guest! Tom Chivers, the author of The Rationalist's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a really fantastic look at how a small AI-obsessed internet community has grown out into both a modern techno-fascist movement AND an extremely dense blog that everyone in Silicon Valley is obsessed with. Why are we talking about this? Because of a very controversial New York Times piece that dropped this week. It's all very confusing, but we promise it's interesting! Also, this week, Ryan and Luke talk about the Joker for a little while.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
The Fandom Content Sweatshops
You know those sites that raced to recap every new Game Of Thrones episodes? Those weird blogs dropping "leaks" from the set of Spider-Man 3? Those news outlets repackaging The Mandalorian fan theories you saw on some random subreddit? Luke and Ryan have both done that work before. And they have A LOT of thoughts about it. This episode towards the end does have some brief spoilers for WandaVision.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Elon Musk Doesn't "Get" Memes, He's Just George Takei For Redditors
We're talking about Elon Musk this week. Ryan thinks he's just a meme thief who doesn't actually understand anything about the internet. Luke think he uses dumb tweets to puff up the value for Tesla stock. Maybe both of these things are true. Basically, Elon Musk makes more sense if you think of him as a digital media company first, billionaire second. It's all just content for him.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
The Big GameStop Episode
We're talking about r/WallStreetBets! It's technically our second episode about the subreddit. We break down what exactly is happening, why it's happening, and try and figure out if this is good or bad. TL;DR maybe? We also talk about influencers hiding out in Dubai, the Robinhood stock app, and Ryan admits his shameful secret — that he's learning to trade crypto. It's a jam-packed episode!
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Content Hell, Part 3 - "I Have A Void Inside Of Me And I Need To Fill It With As Much Facebook Nonsense As Possible"
Alright, this is it. Joe Biden is President. Trump has been banished to Florida. And the QAnon wizards are all going back to their yoga studios. America is a worse place. The internet is worse place. But at least now we're finally free to rebuild. This is the third and final in our insurrection/impeachment/inauguration miniseries, "Content Hell". Very excited to finally be able to talk about other things for once!!! Oh, also, we talk about Macklemore in this episode.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Content Hell, Part 2: When Exactly Should We Have Banned Trump?
We realized it would completely impossible to not take about the coup. We're one week away from the inauguration and it's unclear what will happen next. So while the world waits to find out exactly what will happen when Joe Biden becomes president, we wanted to take a moment to look at exactly when Donald Trump should have lost his Twitter account? When was the moment a platform like Twitter could have stopped this? Also, Luke tells a very interesting story about a British man running an illegal Japanese restaurant out of his home. Stay tuned for next week's hopefully final episode of our Content Hell miniseries.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Welcome To Content Hell
We had an idea for the show this week. For reasons that should be obvious, we threw that out. We're talking about the coup. The internet opened up a portal in reality and crawled through and attempted to take over the federal government yesterday. This episode, as you can imagine, is a little heavier than our normal episodes. It is a complicated and confusing time. But everything is content, even an insurrection, and we're going to try and figure out exactly how this all works and where it's going.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
[SPECIAL VACATION EPISODE] Post Post Credit Scene - Shazam
Ryan and Luke are on vacation! They're resting and relaxing after a long year of mindlessly slogging away making content. In the meantime, if you're after your regular Content Mines fix, check out this episode they recorded for The Content Mines' Patreon. Ryan and Luke spent weeks marathoning horrible DCEU movies. But they actually really like Shazam. So this is kind of a fun one. If you're interested in hearing the whole series, definitely check out the Patreon. See you next week, everyone!
38 minutes | 4 months ago
[SPECIAL VACATION EPISODE] Post Post Credit Scene - Justice League
Ryan and Luke are on vacation! They're resting and relaxing after a long year of mindlessly slogging away making content. In the meantime, if you're after your regular Content Mines fix, check out this episode they recorded for The Content Mines' Patreon. Ryan and Luke spent weeks marathoning horrible DCEU movies, working their way to this, the mother(box) of terrible superhero movies. If you're interested in hearing the whole series, definitely check out the Patreon. See you next year, everyone!
79 minutes | 4 months ago
A Unified Theory Of 2020's Real Bad Posts
It's our last episode of the 2020! We brought back our first-ever guest, podcaster and journalist Hussein Kesvani, a bad post aficionado, to help us come up with a unified theory of Bad 2020 Content. We also talk about cannibalism, the class politics around necrophilia, verified Twitter brain damage, Disney's terrifying streaming monopoly, and how genitalia works in "Cyberpunk 2077". It's a jam-packed episode!
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Luke Hates The Monoliths
This week Luke tries to convince Ryan that the monoliths popping up all over the world are actually bad and annoying and dumb. Ryan thinks it's a cool meme like the Area 51 raids. Also, it feels like the world is running out of content. What happens if that happens???
61 minutes | 5 months ago
Men Love Declaring Themselves Sovereign Citizens And Then Wandering Into The Woods To Die
This week we're talking about the sovereign citizen conspiracy theory. Why is it back? How does it relate to QAnon? How does it connect to scotch eggs. Luke and Ryan get to the bottom of all of these questions. And more!
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