Working Conditions with Christopher Newfield & Anna Kornbluh (50th Episode #MLA2023 Special)

On the eve of the largest annual gathering of literary studies scholars, a discussion of the presidential theme of this year’s convention with the MLA President who chose that theme.

The Twitter Elegies (& Mastodon Scolds) with Rebecca Colesworthy & Jeff Jarvis

In the finale episode of “Social Problems,” a (slightly more) optimistic look at the present and future of social media.

Reckless Monetization, Surveillance Kleptocracy, & Olivia Snow’s Villain Origin Story

As the Elon Musk era at Twitter descends ever further into chaos, we discuss the canaries in the coal mine of surveillance, shadowbanning, algorithmic censorship, and deplatforming: sex workers.

The Plausible End of Social Media, Downscaling, & The Latent Celebrity Mindset with Ian Bogost

New episode of The American Vandal Podcast inspired by Ian Bogost’s editorial in The Atlantic on “The Age of Social Media is Ending.”

The Collapse of Twitter, Zombie Cyberlibertarianism, & Commercial Content Moderation with Sarah T. Roberts

With the end of Twitter seemingly imminent, content moderation and social media expert, Sarah T. Roberts, discusses Elon Musk’s ideology, the labor of social media, and the migration to Mastodon.

The Dance of The Cash Dragons with Aaron Bady, Michelle Chihara, & Sarah Mesle

Co-authors from Los Angeles Review of Books “Dear Television” section, Aaron Bady & Sarah Mesle join Michelle Chihara & Matt Seybold to discuss HBO’s “House of The Dragons” and much more in the season finale of “HBO: From Pulp To Prestige.”

Industry Cringe & Reproductive Horror with Johanna Isaacson & Madeline Lane-McKinley

A ranging conversation inspired by two forthcoming books about genre, work, & visual culture. The authors consider HBO series like “The Baby,” “Barry,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Rooting For Everybody Black in the Issa Rae Extended Universe with Jalylah Burrell & Danielle Fuentes Morgan

Inspired by HBO shows “Insecure” and “Rap Sh!t,” as well as Yvonne Orji’s new stand-up special and recent Emmy wins for Quinta Brunson’s “Abbott Elementary” and Jerrod Carmichael’s “Rothaniel,” Matt Seybold discusses the often precarious role of Black comic creators with two scholars of race, gender, and comedy in the U.S.

The Rehearsal, Reality TV, & Warner Bros. Discovery with J. D. Connor & Olivia Stowell

Apple Podcasts Spotify Resonate Recordings In the same month the merger creating Warner Bros Discovery was finalized, one of the new conglomerate’s subsidiaries, HBO, announced a forthcoming series, run by Nathan Fielder, titled The Rehearsal. The series actually began airing the following Summer, in the midst of tumult at the parent company, epitomized by the unexpected shelving of a big-budget film, Batgirl, and an awkward presentation by WB Discovery CEO, […]