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Digital Void Podcast

The Digital Void Podcast explores digital culture, media, memes, and technology with memeticist Dr. Jamie Cohen and Josh Chapdelaine. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Rick Paulas "The Palmer Hotel"

Oct 22 • 25:25

Author of The Palmer Hotel Rick Paulas shares how his book became a meme through his reply guy tweets, how his Twitter ban created a Barbara Streisand effect for his book, and why Twitter should be entirely eradicated if humans stand a chance for a better future....

Rachel E. Greenspan

Oct 15 • 31:52

Insider digital culture editor and writer Rachel E. Greenspan explores her career path to the disinformation beat, how the insurrection made showed us that it's too dangerous to ignore what happens online, and right-wing media's continued attacks on Taylor Lorenz and other journalists....

Grafton Tanner "The Hours Have Lost Their Clock"

Oct 11 • 57:42

⏳ Author of The Hours Have Lost Their Clock Grafton Tanner explains how nostalgia is the emotion of our time. Tanner explores nostalgia from its roots as an illness that was once considered a cause of death to how nostalgia is affected by climate change and species extinction. From endless sequels and franchises to early-pandemic nostalgia, Tanner provides a detailed overv...

Moises Mendez II

Oct 8 • 33:03

Freelance culture writer Moises Mendez II discusses the path he took to become a journalist, controversies surrounding queerbaiting in mainstream culture, the importance of TikTok Star Tally Dilbert's influence on young Afro-Latinos, and the connection between Gabby Petito and Couch Guy. Plus, Mendez reveals his favorite meme of all-time....

Lilly Chin "How to Survive a Public Faming"

Sep 27 • 31:11

2017 College Jeopardy winner, author of How to Survive a Public Faming: “Understanding “The Spiciest Memelord” via the Temporal Dynamics of Involuntary Celebrificationand graduate student at MIT Lilly Chin shares the story of how she became "The Spiciest Memelord", the structural issues and lack of institutional support associated with overnight fame, and strategies to pro...

Idil Galip "Meme Studies Research Network"

Aug 25 • 48:01

Founder of the Meme Studies Research Network (MSRN) and doctoral researcher in sociology Idil Galip explains how she started an international and interdisciplinary research network for scholars who study memes to collaborate and organize. Further, she explains how Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests inspired her memetic research, explores how memes are generation artifacts, and t...

Chris Stokel-Walker "TikTok Boom"

Aug 9 • 46:14

Author of TikTok Boom and journalist Chris Stokel-Walker explores the strategy behind TikTok’s explosive rise in the west, the differences between Silicon Valley and Chinese technology, and how the features of TikTok are designed to mirror people’s performances back onto themselves, allowing them to feel like they are part of a community....

Garrison Davis "On White Boy Summer"

Jul 12 • 01:00:00

Writer for Uprising: A Guide from Portland and Bellingcat and a researcher for Behind the Bastards and Worst Year Ever, Garrison Davis explains the evolution of “White Boy Summer” from Chet Hanks music video to white supremacist meme. ...

Emily Gillcrist "Vital Thought"

Jun 24 • 44:58

Media Martyrs Pt. 2 "The Reactionaries"

Jun 7 • 52:14

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