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Topic: Ephemera - short stories that could've only happened online.  (Read 10149 times)

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I'm always sucked into these. They're strangely cozy considering the content.

Great work as always!
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I'm always sucked into these. They're strangely cozy considering the content.

Great work as always!
Shell Game, December 19, 2019, 11:32:05 am
thank you! "cozy" is an almost perfect compliment.

What were your takeaways from this ep?

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Women invent enduring things all the time and we super take it for granted.

Also the notion of living on display online has changed shape though i don't think people's opinions of it have matched step.
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I think this might be my best one yet! Check it out.
E17: The Other Nefertiti

Also:
-storiesfromtheinter.net has a new favicon
-I'm working on pitching ephemera to CBC podcasts as either an application to the Docs Project show for mentorship, or in my wildest dreams, as a genuine CBC Podcast, available through the government CBC Listen app. Insha'Allah!
-I mention it at the end but this was last month's proper episode - there'll be one about revenge porn and doxxing in a few weeks.
-I love this community and the early encouragement it gave me. Thank you.
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Here's my tentative six-episode pitch to the CBC, which I'm feeling pretty good about (I sent it to a CBC freelancer I admire and he had very nice things to say). I'm going to submit my official pitch once I hear back from one more trusted acquaintance, and I feel pretty good about the season I'm pitching (feminism, the internet, ephemera stories).
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Ephemera is a cool glass of lemonade on a summer day. Each episode tells a compelling human story and then segues into a meditation on art, culture, or society. I narrate each episode, accompanied by audio clips.

1)    the Kaycee Nicole hoax

In 1999, when we still trusted internet strangers, a mom with Munchausen's syndrome blogged as a teenager dying of cancer. The hunt for the truth involves a Canadian living in Hong Kong, a crew called the Scooby Doos, and an exploration of what makes people seek attention online.

2)    so u besically killed 100+ fangirls [sic]

Did over a hundred teenage girls really commit suicide over a made-for-TV documentary? How do rumours spread and morph online, and what difference did the internet make between Beatlemania and One Direction fandom?

3)    Jennicam, the first camgirl, and an intimate betrayal

In 1996, an American teenager invented "lifestreaming", the word "camgirl", cyber-exhibitionism, and betrayed her best friend, another camgirl, with astonishing cruelty.

4)    Women on the WELL

Could this have been the first online women's community? Parenting advice, sisterhood, and community stand in contrast to a site defined by two men who hated women.

5)    The invention and evolution of SWATting

Invented to terrorize a young woman, SWATing combines the Internet hate machine with America's militarized police. I'll trace its evolution and first attributable death.

6)    Non consensual porn distribution ('revenge porn', leaked/stolen nudes) and what victims can do about it.
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Of these, only #6 is wholly new; the others are retreads of episodes I've already released, which I would theoretically add to and re-style with regards to my new focus (internet herstory). Actually, #6 is also based on this month's upcoming Ephemera, but with a different focus, so I see this as being a way to reinterpret my earlier episodes as something that makes me $$$ (gotta love those government employee rates, eh bud). Anyway, let me know what you think! What did you learn from the #NefertitiHack episode???

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This is about as close as ephemera is gonna get to true crime, I think.
E18: ** Paid Modeling Gig. **

Also, while I'm talking about misogyny, I guested on a recent episode of the IMO very good Weird Web podcast Homo Vulgaris, talking about likeness rights, deepfaked VR pornography, and the growing trend of young women getting cosmetic surgery to look more like their selfies. It's a fun show with a good dynamic, and if you want to hear me talking about the Internet and misogyny in a conversational/unscripted setting, I recommend the new episode.
(if you REALLY liked homo vulgaris, I am a five-time returning guest and all of those episodes are pretty good imo.)

I hope to ALSO publish #19 this month to make up for my (COVID-related) delay in publishing. Thanks! As always, I really would love to hear from you about your reactions to this episode.
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E19: unfortunately, as you already know, people


More than ever, I want this episode to prompt a discussion among its listeners. I have an opinion, like I discuss at the end of the episode, but I'm far softer on whether or not my opinion is correct than usual. What do y'all think horse_ebooks was?
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Horse ebooks was ultimately pretty disappointing, having a bot produce interesting stuff is more meaningful than someone trying to spice it up to make a vague point. It’s a weird microsm of the Internets desire to ruin itself.