IC 21: Fighting the YouTube Algorithm

A discussion of the premiere of Westworld Season 2. Buzzfeed has an utterly bizarre story out that involves Jordan Peele and reminds us of a technology we’ve discussed previously. Randolf’s deep in JRPGs, both of us have tried PUBG Mobile and have very different takeaways, and Good Internet, Bad Internet has a subreddit that’s the trash heap of the Internet.

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Show Notes
Westworld on IMDb
Westworld trailer during the Super Bowl
Hannibal on IMDb
/r/westworld
IC Episode 16 about deepfakes: “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
Buzzfeed deepfake video and story
YouTube’s new government-funded creators policy
Twitter trying to fix its verification process
Russia Today on Wikipedia

Gaming
Persona 4 Golden on Wikipedia
IC Episode 19 about Persona 4 Golden: “Surprise, Facebook is Bad”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Metal Rain event

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Jessica Jones Season 2 (also Carrie Anne Moss , Kristen Ritter )
Randolf’s Bad: Verne Troyer passed away (Reddit account and Instagram notice about his passing)
Michael’s 2nd Good: A very good dog in Australia (photo, article
Randolf’s Good:  r/DeepIntoYouTube

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IC 20: A Starship of Chameleons

A look at a crazy Google Glass-like invention that purports to understand a person’s inner monologue. We have yet another conversation about Facebook, with Zuckerberg’s Messenger history in the news. Michael’s playing a more casual survival game, PUBG throws the book at some imitators, and in Good Internet, Bad Internet, Randolf shares a truly awesome set of Japanese gum commercials.

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Show Notes
The AlterEgo device on The Guardian
Black Mirror “The Entire History of You” on IMDb (incorrectly mentioned as “Be Right Back”)
Zuckerberg’s FB messages are being deleted on TechCrunch

Gaming
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG creators finally going after imitators on Ars Technica
Fortnite: Battle Royale
Don’t Starve on Steam
r/PatientGamers
Surviv.io
Internet Citizen Episode 18 about Surviv.io tactics (discussion starts at 35:21)

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Series of excellent Japanese gum commercials (Reddit thread here)
Michael’s Good: A Redditor uncovers a minor conspiracy about the group name for chameleons
Randolf’s Bad: r/WhatCouldGoWrong
Michael’s 2nd Good: The American Chopper Argum Meme on Know Your Meme (also mentioned the Dinosaur comics)

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IC 19: Surprise, Facebook is Bad

Michael and Randolf dive into the complex story of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and what a “good” social network should be. They also discuss Randolf’s “new” gaming system, a spectrum of battle royale games, and Michael finally has tried Breath of the Wild. Plus GIBI sees a cute school project, possible deepfakes, memes in the wild, and more.

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Show Notes
Cambridge Analytica articles by The Guardian
The Case against Facebook by Vox
News Feed Eradicator extension for Chrome
Facebook says sorry in full-page newspaper ads by The Verge
“Facebook killers” like Ello
Nearly half of U.S. teens prefer Snapchat over other social media by Recode

Gaming
PS Vita
Persona 4: Golden
Fortnite: Battle Royale
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Surviv.io
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Producer dad helps kid with weather report video
Michael’s Bad: People are faking an image/GIF of Emma Gonzalez (Parkland student) ripping up a constitution.
Randolf’s Bad: Facebook, again. Many people are participating in the twitter #DeleteFacebook campaign (Elon Musk also deletes his Facebook pages)
Michael’s Good: Teens at March for Our Lives using Spongebob memes on signs (via Daily Dot) (Mocking Spongebob and Savage Patrick on Know Your Meme)
4chan on Wikipedia

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IC 18: What’s With Alexa?

Michael gives his review of Black Panther, he and Randolf discuss whether Black Mirror is hitting its stride or going off the rails, and lots of detailed gaming talk around a PUBG imitator. That plus more Netflix #content, people’s Alexa speakers are acting weird, and a live on-air meltdown.

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Show Notes
Black Panther on Wikipedia
Black Mirror signed for new season
Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce is a disappointment on Eater

Gaming
Surviv.io
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam
Agar.io
Slay the Spire on Steam
Hearthstone on Wikipedia
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Altered Carbon on Wikipedia
Randolf’s Bad: Twitter video of Alexa laughing
Amazon’s patch for Alexa on The Verge
Super bowl Alexa ad on The Verge
Michael’s Bad: Sam Nunberg story on Vox and The Washington Post
Randolf’s Good: Violent video game research article and research summary

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IC 17: Split Screen Mind

Is a rare brain disorder proof that having hard drives in our heads to store memories would be a good idea? Lots of gaming discussion around PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Randolf’s current obsession has gone mobile. Plus wholesome YouTube videos, some troubling Reddit posts, and more.

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Show Notes
The Guardian’s “Total Recall” long read
Black Mirror S1E3, “The Entire History of You” on Wikipedia
Another Guardian long read about Silicon Valley execs in NZ

Gaming
PUBG 1.0 is out on Polygon
Team Fortress 2 (TF2) on Wikipedia
99% of PUBG’s banned cheaters are from China on IGN
Blue Hole won’t region lock PUBG games on PCGamesN
Martial Arts: Brutality on Google Play
Hearthstone on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: “Eating Brunch at a Taiwan 7-11” guy on YouTube
Michael’s Bad: r/CatastrophicFailure top posts
Randolf’s Bad: Parkland shooting “crisis actor” conspiracy on Vox
Michael’s Good: Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther album on YouTube

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IC 16: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

There’s a lot of weird stuff in this one. Michael and Randolf discuss the DeepFake trend on Reddit that has been in the news. Weird cryptocurrencies you’ve never heard of, as well as some Bitcoin discussion. Some bloody indie gaming, and then a GIBI about social networks, Disney, and beautiful HBO shows we love.

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Show Notes
SFW DeepFakes subreddit
r/DeepCage
Neural network technology
CGP Grey: How Robots Learn
“Be Right Back” Black Mirror Episode
r/Garlicoin
Banks get cold feet about Bitcoin

Gaming
Martial Arts Brutality on Steam
Hearthstone from Blizzard

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Facebook’s usage drops, but Zuckerberg says it’s okay.
Michael’s Bad: The Solo TV Spot was meh. (They have since release a full trailer, but my thoughts are still similar about their teasers for the movie.)
Randolf’s Bad: r/AskReddit thread “Which Disney character would you want to have sex with?”
Michael’s Good: Westworld Season 2 trailer

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IC 15: Pineapple on a Leash

Michael and Randolf return for their first (publishable) episode of 2018. Some people aren’t liking the Last Jedi, a discussion of the merits of sleep, and some weird GIF based subreddits. Randolf is playing a cool Early Access game, and GIBI features both climate change denial and appreciation of fruit.

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Show Notes
Star Wars The Last Jedi on IMDb
Reactions to Star Wars The Last Jedi (articles on WaPo, Vox)
The Last Jedi is almost a Tragedy (Vox)
Why do we need to sleep? (The Atlantic)
r/nonononoyes (examples 1, 2, and others)
r/maybemaybemaybe

Gaming
Slay the Spire on Steam
Hearthstone from Blizzard

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Call Me By Your Name fan goes to Italy and takes photos (article, original tweets).
Michael’s Bad: NOAA says 2017 was the warmest year on record, Twitter idiots disagree .
Also Mashable review of the study and Vox’s graphic

Randolf’s Bad: Twitch streamer DrDisrespect announces his return to streaming, after marriage infidelity scandalMany commenters suggest that this entire thing was a ploy. (Also mentioned: Game Grumps on YouTube)
Randolf’s Good: r/KnightsOfPineapple

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IC 14: A Year in Review

A spoiler-free preview of Star Wars The Last Jedi (AKA Michael and Randolf make a bunch of guesses about the movie), and an episode reviewing the year that was 2017. We look at Reddit novelty accounts gone by, what’s happened in podcasting, and our favorite games of the past year. We also replace Good Internet, Bad Internet with a superlative Best Internet, Worst Internet. We hope you all enjoy and we’ll see you in 2018!

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Show Notes
Star Wars The Last Jedi on IMDb
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on IMDb
Solo: A Star Wars Story on IMDb 
u/AWildSketchAppeared says he’s leaving Reddit
u/Poem_for_your_sprog
u/Shitty_Watercolour
Will Wheaton’s reddit account
Serial podcast on Overcast
S-Town podcast on Overcast
The Daily podcast by the New York Times
Missing Richard Simmons podcast on Overcast

Gaming
Factorio on Steam
Notch’s review of Factorio on Twitter
Starcraft II
Overwatch
World of Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment on Wikipedia
The Witcher 3

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Best and Worst Internet: Twitter
New York Times article about the President’s daily routine
Randolf’s Worst: The politicization of everything online (and offline)
Randolf’s Best: r/place (see the summary post , the r/place video summary and the r/place interactive Atlas )

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IC 13: An Ever-Present Sense of Impending Doom

China goes off the rails with smart bikes, Michael has been reading a self-help book, and Michael and Randolf spend good bit of time agreeing about the importance of Net Neutrality (made up for with a good bit of disagreeing about an article later in the episode). In our Gaming Corner, Electronic Arts screws up royally with a Star Wars Battlefront comment while Randolf is buying lots of Steam games. Good Internet, Bad Internet features some funny videos, a Nazi sympathizer, and a thought experiment in r/Tinder about an immortal and deadly snail.

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Show Notes
Sky News reporter on Twitter about China’s bikeshare bubble
Guardian article – China’s bikeshare “graveyard”
Michael’s local city subreddit has a post about smart bikes
“frequency illusion” or the Red Car/Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
Cal Newport’s Deep Work on Goodreads
r/DepthHub
r/TrueFilm

Deep Work’s quote from researcher Clifford Nass: “People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand…they’re pretty much mental wrecks.”

Net Neutrality explained, via Wikipedia (also Vox explainer)
SOPA 2011 bill
Ajit Pai
Protests at Verizon stores, via The Verge

(If you’re in the US, get involved with the fight to save Net Neutrality: Battle for the Net or if you want more info, this is a non-partisan subreddit about Net Neutrality.)

Gaming
Moira on the Overwatch Wiki (& live on patch 1.17)
League of Legends via Wikipedia
The infamous EA comment on r/StarWarsBattlefront
r/DataisBeautiful chart comparing most downvoted Reddit comments ever
EA reduces cost to unlock heroes in Battlefront II, via IGN
Middle Earth: Shadow of War on Steam
Rocket League on Steam
Wolfenstein II on Steam

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Five-year-old kid explains how everything in an airplane cockpit  works and airline invites him to use airplane simulator 
Michael’s Bad: The New York Times’ Nazi Sympathizer profile (the author’s response) (tweet by Ezra Klein)
Randolf’s Bad: Video showing the effects of the opioid epidemic (and related Reddit thread with insightful comment about medical professionals)
Michael’s Good: r/Tinder poster gets asked the immortal snail question (also a clip of the original podcast where the snail thought experiment first showed up)

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IC #12: Pugs All The Way Down

We start off with a discussion of the recent Paradise Papers revelations, followed by a supersized gaming corner wherein Randolf gives his verdict on Super Mario Odyssey and Michael is confused by play-to-win gamers. Then a Good Internet, Bad Internet with amazing Reddit comments in odd places, the onslaught of sexual harassment news stories, and a pug-tastic photo that will brighten your day.

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Show Notes

Paradise Papers via The Guardian
r/PanamaPapers (combined subreddit for the Paradise Papers)
“How the Aristocracy Preserved Their Power” via The Guardian

Gaming
South Park Phone Destroyer (official game website)
South Park: The Stick of Truth on Steam
South Park: The Fractured But Whole on Steam (sequel to The Stick of Truth)
Super Mario Odyssey on Wikipedia
Super Mario Galaxy on Wikipedia
Overwatch’s new hero Moira – intro trailer on YouTube and the Overwatch Wiki
Doomfist on the Overwatch Wiki
Orisa on the Overwatch Wiki
Zarya on the Overwatch Wiki
League of Legends via Wikipedia
Bastion is too powerful (from early 2017) via Eurogamer

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: r/WashingtonDC tourist bike post gets a Fresh Prince comment
(see also u/Shitty_Watercolour and u/poem_for_your_sprog)
Randolf’s Bad: r/GIFS thread “Stealing Money from Uber driver’s tip jar”
Michael’s Bad: The sexual harassment stories in the news this month, aka “The Weinstein effect” (via Wikipedia)
Randolf’s Good: r/photoshopbattles: Pugs on pugs on pugs

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