DOOMED with Matt Binder

DOOMED with Matt Binder

A leftist politics and culture podcast for our terrible times. Hosted by Matt Binder.

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    39: We Live in a (Flat Earth) Society: Inside the Flat Earth Conference (w/ Kelly Weill)

    Kelly Weill of The Daily Beast joins the show to take us inside the Flat Earth Conference, the world's biggest gathering of flat earthers. We discuss the early days of the flat earth conspiracy and the Flat Earth Society, how YouTube changed the game for flat earthers, Logan Paul's appearance and how it created a riff within the flat earth community. Also, we try to make sense of some flat earth beliefs! All that plus Laura Loomer handcuffs herself to Twitter's headquarters in protest of her ban, your YouTube comments, questions, and more!

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    38: Amazon? I Wish They Would Amazoff. (w/ Lena Afridi)

    Lena Afridi, director of economic development policy at ANHD: Assosication for Neighborhood and Housing Development joins DOOMED to discuss the Amazon HQ2 deal, how it will effect the people of New York and specifically the people of Queens, New York (and even more specifiaclly Matt Binder), some of the weirdest terms of the deal (Jeff Bezos helipad?!), some amazing little known facts and figures about NYC and why the HQ2 location is such a big deal, the second HQ2 location in Arlington, Virginia, what Amazon could do to fix the issues with their new headquarters, what Amazon HQ2 means for the rest of the country and more! Plus your comments and questions from the YouTube livestream!

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    37: Apps Against the Machine: How Tech Can Lead to Future Progressive Wins (w/ Leo Sussan)

    Leo Sussan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's technology director for her 2018 campaign and the co-founder of the Reach app, joins DOOMED to discuss the app he helped create that's changing the way progressives campaign. We discuss how canvassing is broken, how Reach fixes it, what the future holds for tech and progressive campaigns, as well as preview the state of affairs after the Midterms and looking forward at 2020. Also! Your livestream comments and questions!

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    36: Superkicked in the Crown Jewel: WWE's Deal with Saudi Arabia (w/ David Bixenspan)

    David Bixenspan, a reporter covering pro wrestling for Deadspin, Mel Magazine, and most recently for The Nation, joins DOOMED to discuss the controversy surrounding WWE's 10 year deal with Saudi Arabia, the propaganda at Greatest Royal Rumble, Vince McMahon's decision to go ahead with the Crown Jewel event after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, which wrestlers bailed on the event and why, the additional layer of Hulk Hogan returning at this event, your comments and questions and much more!

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    35: Slender Man & Donald Trump Walk Into a Bar: Urban Legends, Fake News, & How They Spread (w/ Lynne McNeill)

    Dr. Lynne McNeill, a folklorist at Utah State University, author of Folklore Rules and co-author of Slender Man Is Coming: Creepypasta and Contemporary Legends on the Internet joins the show for a very special Halloween edition of DOOMED! We define and discuss folklore, urban legends, and fake news, how they spread both online and offline, the role we play in sharing scary stories or political misinformation and conspiracies, and we take a look at the origin of one of the internet's most famous urban legends, Slender Man. Also! Your YouTube livestream comments, Halloween, scary movies, the Momo Challenge, and more!

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    34: The Hunt for Red Bot-tober (w/ Josh Russell)

    Josh Russell hunts bots. You may have seen him profiled on CNN's Declassified. On this episode of DOOMED, we're talking bots. How does Josh find them, how are they set up, what are they doing to push fake news, spread misinformation, and sow discord in the U.S. We take a look at specific examples of Russian, Iranian, and Saudi bots on Twitter and Reddit. Also on the show: technical difficulties! the pipebombs sent to Democrats! your questions and comments on the YouTube livestream! and much more!

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    33: The NPC Meme aka The Right Learns A New Way To Say "Sheeple" (w/ Cecilia D'Anastasio)

    Cecilia D'Anastasio of Kotaku joins DOOMED with Matt Binder to discuss how the 'NPC' meme tries to dehumanize 'SJWs', the origins of the "non-playable character" meme, who is using it? (it's not just 4chan edgelords and the right!), isn't it just another way of saying "wake up, sheeple"?, video game and meme culture, and the conservatives' dying cries extending into both. Also! Your questions and comments, the pro-Saudi Twitter bot campaign meant to control the Jamal Khashoggi narrative, and much more!

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    32: YouTube & the White Supremacists (w/ Chauncey Alcorn)

    Chauncey Alcorn of mic.com joins us to discuss the white supremacist Rise Above Movement, the four RAM members who were just arrested for their role in Charlottesville, the spread of white supremacists, white nationalist, and alt-right propaganda on YouTube, is YouTube following their own policies on hate speech?, the differences between right wing and left wing "extremists," RAM raising money for bail via GoDaddy, what does it take for these tech companies to take action against hate, and much more! Also: DOOMED returns from a short hiatus, your comments and questions!

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    30: You're a Corporation! The Nixon vs. Cuomo: NY Gov Debate

    Joined DOOMED with Matt Binder as we watch a replay of the New York Governor Debate between Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, complete with color commentary on the night of the debate. (This was aired as a last minute late night YouTube Livestream, so please excuse any sound level issues. We'll have this fixed for any of these type of future livestream commentary shows we do.) Plus your live questions and comments!

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