February 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
cyberpunk, cyberspace, digital life, history, humdog, internet, second life, slaves of gor, the sims
DF and Emmet had such a good time talking about early internet history they decided to do it again. This time, they're looking at humdog's seminal but half-forgotten essay "pandora's vox." DF and Emmet try to work through the internet as a form, it's incredible liquidity, how physical space has transubstantiated into the internet, things like the Slaves of Gor fandom as a substructure of the internet, what it means that humdog seems to have committed suicide over exactly the kind of relationship she warned about and more!
February 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
90s, cancel culture, culture, cyberpunk, history, internet, internet culture, metaverse, metoo, rape, second life
Default Friend returns to talk with Emmet about Julian Dibbel's famous essay, A Rape in Cybserpace, which presaged our digital social experience back in 1993. DF and Emmet talk about etiquette, digital governance, the weirdness of online life, the "distributed self," what it would mean to take the internet seriously, and more!