Infamous internet troll Weev tells us all about the day when the Lulz was born. Gabriella Coleman schools us in Lulz theory. Director Brian Knappenberger tells us why he put lulz in his new movie (and why the moral fags hate the lulz). Daniel Hernandez, and Shauna Dillavou tell us about Narco Lulz, and Molly Sauter tells us what the media makes of the Lulz. + TMI’s “Chris” does whippits with Krazy Freddy from the FBI!
Tagged ’Conspiracy Theory‘
This week TMI explores the world of pseudonyms. Carmela Ciuraru talks about some of the authors she profiles in her book Nom de Plume, Dan Sinker tells us about @MayorEmanuel the fake twitter pseudonym he created for Rahm Emanuel, Andy Carvin, Jillian York and Meg Worley weigh in on #nymwars. And Artist Chris Collins attempts to learn the story behind the handle Tyepilot. PLUS TMI’s special corespondent takes us inside the top secret world of rebranding.
Host Benjamen Walker is joined by the journalists Jonathan Kay and Petra Bartosiewicz and they take listener calls. Jonathan Kay is the author of “Among the Truthers” a book about America’s growing conspiracy theory movement and the people who believe in them. Petra Bartosiewicz has been writing about the FBI’s hunt for terrorist networks and sleeper cells. Her soon-to-be-published book is called “The Best Terrorists We Could Find,” an investigation of terrorism trials in the U.S. since 9/11.
French blogger M.A.B. tells us about Le Barbe and the real certain truth about l’affair DSK. Your host examines the roles conspiracy and serendipity play in explaining how things really work. Justin Blum explains why the Justice department hasn’t charged anyone with wrecking the economy yet. Nancy Koan finds a laptop still streaming emails from Goldman Sachs. We meet a band of Ayn Randians upset about the critical reaction to “Atlas Shrugged: the movie” PLUS: “Chris” lands a bizarre rent-a-cop gig woking for Alan Greenspan!
This week McKenzie Funk tells us the story of Guantanamo detainee Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov. Also filmmaker Dustinn Craig explains why Geronimo is a ill advised choice for a code name for Osama Bin Laden. Adam Pash tells us how we can avoid misinformation and your host attempts a disinfo trick. Plus: Dog Cam!
Your Host travels to Russia! Translator Nurangiz Khodzharova has to babysit a Facebook consultant in Moscow. Sonya S tells us about the life of Andrei Platonov and filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya tells us about her film Bitch Academy. Plus “Chris” tells us the truth about how the CIA made “Red Dawn” For more information visit the WFMU TMi page
Pictures of Tuff Guys and Old Believers in Siberia courtesy of photographers Bruce Gilden and Ivan Boiko. A visit to the world’s largest collection of Soviet Nonconformist art in New Jersey! Our man in DC gets another earful regarding the Red Dawn remake, Hitler reads Walter Benjamin and your host finds a photo book on the Bitch War! For more information visit the WFMU TMi page
“GS” recalls how Bad Karma took him from Devon, England to the C.U.T. bomb shelters in Montana. Author Robert Brockway explains how Everything is going to kill Everybody and Matt Jarvis explains what it means to be a Prepper. Pamela Walt has Bad Vibes in general and our DC correspondent “Chris” has Bad Vibes about the Tea Party. Also Astronomer Chris Impey explains how Dark Energy is the ending of all endings.
Your host attempts to break through to the other side, Cindy Heller has difficulties with online dating in Zurich, and Dog Lover “Amy” has difficulties with the Christians. Noah tells us about a few cults, TMi DC correspondent “Chris” tells us the truth about Guantanamo, and Silicon Vally correspondent Val tells us about the healing power of tweets.
Our series wraps up this week with Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi explaining why the Tea Party is full of shit. Naomi Harris takes us into the world of overweight swingers from the the Bible Belt. Your host suggests the ‘rant heard round the world’ is fake (or at least disingenuous). Internet activist Zephyr Teachout explains how a political opportunity was lost. Cartoonist Tim Kreider fears the return of the madness, and TMI’s man in DC goes to New Orleans to do something while your host goes to the Stewart/Colbert rally.