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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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!: https://www.amazon.com/Some-Love-Hate-Eat-Second-dp-0063119285/dp/0063119285/

Cockburn: https://spectatorworld.com/life/cockburn-cruises-dc-christmas-party-scene-breitbart-reason-singal/

Original spoofed cartoon: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/f_auto,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F819e1e5d-9823-4fb3-be3c-f98dc76e782e_435x640.png

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

Garrison’s 2014 blog post explaining his problem: https://archive.md/mpFii#selection-253.115-253.937

The happy merchant: https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-02/4/11/enhanced/webdr02/enhanced-17159-1423068265-32.jpg

2017 Wired coverage: https://www.wired.com/story/ben-garrison-alt-right-cartoonist/

Uhhhh getting genuinely problematic: https://static.timesofisrael.com/www/uploads/2019/07/cartoon-e1562781719760-640x400.jpg

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