On episode 63 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer to discuss the July 6 far-right “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington, D.C. This episode also includes a preview of a conversation that Jared had with Matt Binder of the DOOMED podcast about an “antifa journalist” list circulated in right-wing media circles.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Trump Tweets That Violate Twitter’s Rules Will Now Get A Warning Label (BuzzFeed News)
  • Trump Invites Consortium of Conservative Internet Trolls to The White House for ‘Social Media Summit’ (Gizmodo)
  • Library’s insistence that police be invited to speak spells end of popular film and discussion series (Nova Scotia Advocate)
  • The Culture War Has Finally Come For Wikipedia (BuzzFeed News)
  • France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech (The Verge)
  • Twitch is closing in on its Christchurch trolls (The Verge)
  • Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes (ProPublica)

On episode 62 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by Matthew Hodges to give an oral history of drug subculture as it relates to the development and creation of the broader internet. (Disclaimer: This episode is not an endorsement or encouragement of drug use.)

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Online highs are old as the net: the first e-commerce was a drugs deal (The Guardian)
  • The uncensored history of the Internet’s drug revolution (Kernel)
  • How LSD Created the Internet (Prohbtd)
  • Did the use of psychedelics lead to a computer revolution? (The Guardian)
  • A Seductive Drug Culture Flourishes on the Internet (The New York Times, 1997)
  • Information Bulletin: Drugs, Youth, and the Internet (DOJ)
  • The American Drug Panic of the 1980s: Social Construction or Objective Threat? (Taylor & Francis)
  • The Trip Planners (New Yorker)

On episode 61 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by countering violent extremism researcher Samantha Kutner, who fills us in on the latest efforts the Proud Boys have been making to plug themselves back into the mainstream GOP.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • A Popular Knitting Website Banned Posts Supporting Donald Trump, Accusing Him Of “Open White Supremacy” (BuzzFeed News)
  • Elon Musk mixes up the moon and Mars, and Twitter blasts off (CNET)
  • Militia member arrested for impersonating US Border Patrol agent (Reuters)
  • Right-Wing Paramilitary Groups Activate After 11 GOP State Senators Flee Oregon (Right Wing Watch)
  • ‘Xbox Live Is Not A Free Speech Platform’: Xbox Boss Promises New Features To Make Online Gaming Less Hostile (Kotaku)
  • How the Cryptocurrency World Is Responding to Facebook’s Libra (Gizmodo)
  • Good Omens protesters demand show be removed from completely wrong company (The Verge)
  • Google introduces expansion for media literacy program for kids (TechCrunch)

On episode 60 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by AdWeek reporter Shoshana Wodinsky to learn about a federal search warrant filed against internet imageboard 8chan. Later we’re joined by Caleb Cain, who was radicalized on YouTube and now works to help others walk away from racist politics.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • The Juice Is Loose And Online (Deadspin)
  • Alex Jones Offers $1 Million for Conviction in Alleged Child Porn Malware Attack (Splinter)
  • Facebook Will Now Rank Your Comments So Its Dumbass Website Can Be ‘More Meaningful’ (Gizmodo)
  • 8chan versus the feds (Substack)
  • Genius.com accuses Google of copying its song lyrics (The Verge)
  • Harvard Pulls Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv’s Admission Over Racial Slurs (The Daily Beast)
  • To protect and slur (Reveal News)
  • Brian Clyde: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Heavy)
  • Woman who worked on ex-state senator’s campaign arrested in connection to her death (CBS News)

In episode 59 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by BuzzFeed Senior Reporter Ryan Broderick to discuss the meltdown inside, outside, and on YouTube following the roll-out of policies targeting extremist content. Later we’re joined for a casual conversation with reporter Alex Thomas, who spoke with Ed Krassenstein after he and his brother, Brian, were banned from Twitter. Alex will share what he learned, and we sarcastically muse on their possible next steps.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Boston’s Straight Pride Parade Is Even Worse Than You Think (The Daily Beast)
  • Linda Collins-Smith is found dead, sending the QAnon community into a spiral (5News)
  • YouTube Has Finally Admitted That Steven Crowder Mocking Someone For Being A Gay Latino Is Not OK (BuzzFeed News)
  • YouTube’s new policies are catching educators, journalists, and activists in the crossfire (The Verge)
  • YouTube’s Bungled PR Announcements Made Carlos Maza’s Harassment Worse (Motherboard)
  • GOOGLE’S LGBTQ EMPLOYEES ARE FURIOUS ABOUT YOUTUBE’S POLICY DISASTERS (The Verge)
  • Ed Krassenstein claims his Twitter suspension isn’t bothering him all that much (Daily Dot)

In episode 57 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by journalist Judd Legum, host of the podcasts Popular Info newsletter. Judd did some stellar reporting on the financial apparatus supporting 8Chan. They talk about rising extremism in America and what that means going forward. Later we’re joined by Hope Not Hate senior researcher Joe Mulhall for an update on U.K. far-right politics and why so many right-wing candidates are getting milkshakes dumped on their heads.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Grumpy Cat, whose grumpiness brought joy to the internet, has died (The Verge)
  • President Trump Is Collecting Social-Media Grievances (The Atlantic)
  • Google Has A Secret Page That Records All The Things You’ve Bought Online (BuzzFeed News)
  • Actor Isaac Kappy dies by suicide at age 42 (NBC News)
  • It Appears That Even a Truck Full of Cash Can’t Get Top Talent to Work for Facebook These Days (Gizmodo)
  • EXCLUSIVE: How money flows from Amazon to 8chan (Popular.Info)

In episode 56 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt is joined by journalist Robert Evans, host of the podcasts Behind the Bastards and It Could Happen Here on the How Stuff Works podcast network. They talk about rising extremism in America and what that means going forward.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Washing your legs in the shower has ignited a fierce Twitter debate (The Daily Dot)
  • Confrontation and giggles at Jacob Wohl press conference (CJR)
  • Ben Shapiro Storms Out of Confrontational BBC Interview: ‘I’m Popular and No One Has Ever Heard of You’ (Mediaite)
  • Don’t Let People Enjoy Things (The Baffler)
  • A group raised over $20 million to ‘build the wall.’ Now its supporters want answers. (Washington Post)
  • TPUSA Cans Nevada Campus Leader After Racist Video Surfaces (RWW)
  • Farmer YouTube dude goes Nazi (Twitter)

In episode 55 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt attempts to tackle the dynamics between our IRL and online selves. New York Times writer-at-large Charlie Warzel joins us to discuss the disconnects people feel in our new digital world, and where we can go from here. Garrett Davis joins to talk specifically about the idea that moderation can save the internet and why that may not be the best place to put our bets.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Laura Loomer, Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan, Paul Joseph Watson, and Paul Nehlen were banned from Facebook and Instagram. (Gizmodo)
  • YouTuber Austin Jones was sentenced to 10 years in prison for soliciting explicit videos from underage fans (The Verge)
  • The Design Studio Responsible for the New Sonic the Hedgehog Live-Action Film is Changing its Render After The Internet Melted Down (Kotaku)
  • The ‘Shell On’ Challenge (The Daily Beast)

In episode 54 of sh!tpost, host Jared Holt and co-host Jack discuss THE REPORT, changes coming to KickStarter and Indiegogo, and a resurgence in accelerationism among racist extremists. Anna Merlan joins us from the desert (where we presume she is hunting aliens) to talk to us about her new book about conspiracy theories in America.

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Stories referenced in this episode:

  • Sri Lanka bans social media sites after tragedy strikes (TechCrunch)
  • Failed crowdfunded gadgets are forcing Kickstarter and Indiegogo to change (The Verge)
  • Mike Cernovich now wants to be a fashion critic (The Daily Beast)
  • Bitcoin Couple Faces Death Penalty for Trying to Build Home in International Waters (The Daily Beast)
  • The Mueller Report is out (DOJ)
  • FBI arrests member of rightwing militia accused of detaining migrants (The Guardian)
  • PayPal and GoFundMe have banned a far-right group, the United Constitutional Patriots (Gizmodo)
  • Andrew Yang Campaign Boots Racist Podcaster From Its Volunteer Staff (Right Wing Watch)
  • White Supremacists Embrace “Accelerationism” (ADL)