Apr 23 • 52M

Episode 111: Let's Talk About How People Are Talking About Libs of TikTok

Plus, Reply All and our SAT scores

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
The planetary symbols for Mars and Venus in cyan and magenta respectively, in homage of TikTok's logo. In the center is the text Libs of (italicized) and TikTok.

After Jesse tells a crazy story about his new life as a Brooklyn socialite, the hosts talk Jason Stanley’s SAT scores, PJ Vogt’s return to podcasting, and Taylor Lorenz’s article about the woman behind Libs of Tik Tok. To discuss this post with premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

Stanleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey:

Crypto Island:

Review in Vulture: https://www.vulture.com/2022/04/crypto-island-podcast-pj-vogt.html

Reported pieces on the controversy:

https://www.vulture.com/article/gimlet-reply-all-controversy-spotify-test-kitchen.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/style/reply-all-test-kitchen.html

Jesse’s paywalled newsletter piece:

Singal-Minded
No One Can Explain Exactly What PJ Vogt Did Wrong, But The Point Is We Should Now Judge Him Guilty Forever
I have not yet listened to Crypto Island, PJ Vogt’s new podcast. Just haven’t had the time. But I’m interested in the subject and am a longtime fan of the host, so I definitely will. For now, I want to talk about this review of it Nicholas Quah wrote for…
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Libs of Tik Tok:

If we can’t trust Libs of TikTok to bring us accurate news, all is lost:

New Right: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/04/inside-the-new-right-where-peter-thiel-is-placing-his-biggest-bets

Curtis Yarvin on murdering kids: https://www.unqualified-reservations.org/2011/07/right-wing-terrorism-as-folk-activism/

On the guy who figured out who Libs of TikTok was: “Travis Brown meticulously tracks all my public posts, likes, and shares across all social media platforms (Github, Twitter, etc.), archives them permanently (without my consent, and against the terms of service of these organizations, and against data protection laws in some countries), and then posts them online with his own grotesque and twisted interpretations.”

Taylor Lorenz’s article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/04/19/libs-of-tiktok-right-wing-media/

Image of the Libs of TikTok logo is from Wikipedia.