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Internet Ethnography with Owen Cyclops (#024)
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Internet Ethnography with Owen Cyclops (#024)

Mystic Christian illustrator Owen Cyclops joins me to discuss internet ethnography and examine online culture. This is our longest episode yet, and also our deepest.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [02:30] What internet ethnography means

  • [07:04] How the culture of the internet became a real life

  • [16:10] The internet’s social implications

  • [32:04] Why institutions are losing people’s trust

  • [37:15] Creating a story on social media

  • [48:00] Consuming social media information

  • [52:55] How the internet flattens power and social status

  • [57:32] Origin of the internet memes

  • [01:00:10] Lack of positive repercussions on the internet

  • [01:01:49] Online anonymous honesty

  • [01:05:50] How the previous internet felt more private

  • [01:07:24] Taking responsibility on social media posts

  • [01:10:37] The superiority of the internet forums

  • [01:14:51] Catering for the internet audience

  • [01:17:22] Threading on forums

  • [01:25:45] The need for niche spaces on social media

  • [01:28:11] Meeting with someone online

  • [01:30:10] Social Media and vlogging

  • [01:40:20] Using pseudo accounts vs real identity online

  • [01:44:00] Separating your real life from online life

  • [01:47:07] Why do people go insane online

  • [01:54:18] Keeping a balance between your image and what you post online

  • [01:59:13] Coming back to center and becoming yourself again

  • [02:04:11] Creating character social media accounts

  • [02:15:50] Why do people make up posts on the internet

  • [02:17:52] Pranking vs. Scam

  • [02:20:20] Distinguishing between what’s real and what’s fake online

  • [02:28:10] Social media moderation

  • [02:53:05] Simulacra and Simulation

  • [03:03:55] Standard definition of Postmodernism

  • [03:09:00] Metanarratives of the future

  • [03:13:45] Accepting that we’re living in different realities

  • [03:19:05] Constructing narratives through fiction

  • [03:25:56] Being aware of one’s metanarrative about you

  • [03:28:17] Challenging people’s metanarratives about others

  • [03:33:49] Academics and science metanarratives

  • [03:37:40] How humans are wired to view life

  • [03:48:58] Connect with Owen Cyclops 

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