A Derecho grounds TMI’s Chris in an elevator. Peter Choyce discovers blogging and Tim Kreider discovers what it means to be “krazy busy.” Photographer Lowell Handler teaches homeless mentally ill women how to take pictures. And Margaret Atwood reminds your host that the internet is magic. PLUS Humility.
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!
This week’s show is a series of convergences, but none of them are harmonic. Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us about Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and why Kant and Kepler both considered themselves Pythagoreans. Quintan Ana Wikswo explains why she uses nasty nazi cameras in her art. Nina Mitchell explains what happened when her mind went pop! and Paola Antonelli gives us a tour of her latest MoMA blockbuster Talk To Me. PLUS your host tries to make some money doing experimental medical testing.
The ancients said that the Pirate was the enemy of all mankind. Mzwakhe Mbuli wants to Shoot the Pirate, and Olga Sezneva says Russia is doing its best (in its own way) to solve the problem as well. We hear from a real Somali Pirate who will be in an upcoming documentary made by David Cálek. Adrian Johns tells us about the birth of the Pirate listener and the death of Pirate Radio. PLUS Tim Kreider on Errol Flynn!
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.
Your host gets Internet overload at South By SouthWest Interactive, and gets a lesson in Branded Media and Coupons. Paul Ford explains why the Internet is a customer service medium and TMI’s Chris tells us about Operation Persona. For more information visit the WFMU TMI page
Ada Calhoun shows us just how much she can find out about us while Andrew Keen tells us sharing is endangering our humanity. Alex Morris tells us what the internet has done to young love and Nick Van Der Kolk tells ‘us what OK Cupid has done for his love life. PLUS: Your host visits an exhibit celebrating Cable Access TV from the early 80s and Didier Bigo explains his theory of the ‘Data Double.’
Nart Villeneuve of the Information Warfare Project explains Stuxnet. Your Host has computer problems, and reads from Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent. Alex Butterworth talks about Pyotr Rachkovsky the man who Conrad based “Mr. Vladimir” on. Julia Wertz talks about Drinking at the Movies, and Peter Choyce refuses to use text messaging.
Kathryn Schulz wants us to think differently about being wrong, William Kleinknecht wants us to think differently about Ronald Reagan, Mishka Shubaly relates a wicked wrong tale about hot girls on the internet, and Cheryl Rogers discovers something is wrong with internet love. Plus Anonymous Lady gets her “enemy” fired from the culture magazine.
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.
Jaak Kilmi talks about his childhood watching Finnish TV in Soviet Estonia and Anas Qtiesh talks about how Facebook is both banned and popular in Syria. Your host talks with Frances Stonor Saunders who wrote the seminal book on the CIA and Abstract Expressionism and we learn about Edward Hopper’s love of Reality. Plus a deep look at the CIA’s Operation Real World.
The internet illuminati tells us how to think about Wikileaks. For Ethan Zuckerman and Douglas Rushkoff, it’s kind of an “I Told You So” moment. Daniel Ellsberg explains why Bradley Manning is a better comparison than Julian Assange while Jillian York says FAIL to Time Magazine’s choice for person of the year. Cartoonist Joe Alterio draws the cables and Christopher Beam celebrates the diplomatic ‘talent’ pool. Plus Gabriella Coleman on Anonymous, Evgeny Morozov on DDOS, and your host asks “What Would China Do?”