181 - Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella w/ Charlie Markbreiter
Hey Upper East Siders. The gossip gxrlies are here, and they’re queer stoners now. Our main characters are #1 Charlie Markbreiter, author, PhD candidate, editor at The New Inquiry, and mod of the Death Panel Discord #2 O.K. Fox, Sonic the Hedgehog fetishist and degenerate podcast host. Together they synthesize why white trans guys are annoying, but unfairly maligned as symbols of bourgeois decadence. Given a chance, this T-gel dripping pod will expand you mind about the self organization of fan artists on Deviantart, Furaffinity, A03, and at comics festivals like TCAF forming a front against NFT gentrification. Plus a passage from Charlie’s book about Charli XCX and Gavin McInnes being in or getting off to the Hunger Games.
OK and Sarah slightly lose it this week talking to their guru at the top of the mountain, possible legend, and internet auteur Topher Florence aka Docfuture1. Actually coming from Something Awful in the early 2000s, Topher’s work as a writer and video artist cut to the bone, and present a highly informed perspective of fandom, cringe culture, anonymous cruelty aka the “caldron of suburban internet”. Why did Disney buy Marvel? Why has isekai taken off in the past decade? Why do we still differentiate between high and low culture, even though we know better? An episode for the Real Ones and a desperate attempt by OK to history-build a hagiography in order to justify all this other shit we do. We’re starting a cult for if you ever wanted to be your own boss, set your own hours, and huff paint while flashbacking to Gooey Gus. Get in on the ground floor if you’re ready to change your life!
Look, we’re going on a year of covid, and even though we knew this “new normal” would be pushed on us, it’s still extremely difficult. We talk about how everyone is coping with the barrage of brutality inflicted by the capitalist system’s failure to manage the pandemic and the climate crisis. Big tech is finding ways to capture the conversations we would normally be having at bars both with the new celeb app “clubhouse” and the increased share of streaming and podcasting with major financial backing. Perhaps it’s more comforting to reality shift into a fandom or religion, but of course we find capitalist tendrils lurking there as well. Plus! Some fresh Adam Curtis and Vice 2 takes. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reach out to join the discord for Lucia school “Constructing the Real” Also! Write us a review on Apple podcasts or whatever other platforms!!
OK and Lucia met up IRL in a weird little park. Enjoy the summer sounds of cicadas and ice cream trucks!! We had a wide-ranging philosophical discussion about reconstructing political imagination. We debate the role of art, fantasy, and fandom in our increasingly brutal reality. Support us on Patreon to hear the first hour of talk about otherkin, art world gossip, and focaccia!! If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at email@example.com. Please reach out to join the discord for the collective school “Constructing the Real”
Episode 65 - Internet Platforms with Darcie Wilder
Internet royalty Darcie Wilder joins us to discuss Contrapoints, cancel culture, social capital, data collection, disinformation campaigns, and the futility of media work in the gig economy. She really played all the hits, and it was an absolute delight! For more please check out her column in The Outline. Support us on Patreon to hear the first part of our conversation where we get into juicy gossip, personal stories, and some truly killer food opinions. If you like the podcast and want more, please consider supporting us: https://www.patreon.com/artandlabor. Follow us on twitter and instagram. You can contact Art & Labor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also someone pay us $$$ to start a video game stream. Dead serious about that. We would kill it.