Dec 11, 2021 • 41M

Episode 94: If You Troll Into The Abyss, The Abyss Trolls Also Into You

Or: Troll not lest ye be trolled

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Blocked and Reported
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.

Jesse confronts Katie with the results of some good ol’ fashioned southern-fried investigative reporting, Katie asks Jesse about his $5,000-dollar-per-plate Christmas gala in D.C., and Katie talks about the very strange and disturbing tale of Ben Garrison, racist (?) cartoonist. (If you’re a Primo and want to discuss this episode, click here.)

Show notes/Links:

New edition of Hal Herzog’s book!:


Original spoofed cartoon:,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/

An actual Garrison cartoon. Note the characteristically understated symbolism and dense layers of allusion:

Garrison’s 2014 blog post explaining his problem:

The happy merchant:

2017 Wired coverage:

Uhhhh getting genuinely problematic:

Lead image: Asheville, the moment Jesse’s pants were first charmed off.