Dec 18, 2021 • 56M

Episode 95: Allegedly Anti-Semitic Mukbang, The Latest J.K. Rowling Freakout, And The Fuzzy Science Of Masks

Some internet subcultures should best go undiscovered

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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.

In this relatively special episode, the hosts talk about a ginned-up anti-Semitism controversy involving a troubled internet figure, the latest explosion of outrage surrounding J.K. Rowling’s online opinions, and an article in The Atlantic article highlighting the gaps in our knowledge about masking as a form of coronavirus protection. To discuss this episode with other premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

Archived version of tweet accusing weird YouTuber of anti-Semitism: https://archive.md/t79Yf

Know Your Meme attempts to explain Nikocado Avocado: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/nikocado-avocado

Just why:

Video which launched the accusation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z3qV94LGcr63E1DxKnT-DodS2fF5bKs8/view?usp=sharing

Actual source: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kiss4-TO2gN2y6__J8fwz_tdgBOHLFbZ/view?usp=sharing

Credit to Joel Snape for finding it:

Even grosser food content, according to Katie: https://www.instagram.com/blake_201/

Atlantic article on masking: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/12/mask-guidelines-cdc-walensky/621035/

CIDRAP articles:

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/10/commentary-what-can-masks-do-part-1-science-behind-covid-19-protection

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/10/commentary-what-can-masks-do-part-2-what-makes-good-mask-study-and-why-most

The image of Nikocado Avocado absolutely housing what appear to be Korean rice cakes and noodles comes via Know Your Meme.