January 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
donald trump, far-right media, insurrection, online outrage, terrorism
After discussing whether Blocked and Reported led directly to the siege on the Capitol, the hosts discuss that strange, terrifying event. They debate whether it can be safely examined in something of a vaccuum, or should be put in the broader context of what appears to be a rise in political violence in the U.S. They also discuss some of the most unhinged responses. Then they talk about Bean Dad. Remember Bean Dad? We yearn for a world in which Bean Dad is the day's most important story on Twitter.
Inside The Vicious, Deranged, Literally, Metaphorically Violent World Of Young Adult Fiction Twitter
December 7th, 2020 | 57 mins 6 secs
jessica cluess, online outrage, online shaming, social justice, ya twitter
One would not expect an online community devoted to discussion of dragons, vampires, and teenage heroes to be a cesspool of almost unimaginable toxicity. And yet! In this episode, Jesse walks Katie through a recent history of young adult fiction Twitter, aka "YA Twitter," attempts to explain how it got to be such a Hobbesian hellscape, and dives into the latest 'scandal' involving allegedly racist and violent tweets.
September 8th, 2020 | 36 mins 25 secs
grandstanding, interview, justin tosi, online outrage, philosophy
Jesse interviews Justin Tosi, a philosopher at Texas Tech University and the author, with Brandon Warmke, of the new book Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk. In a patrons-only segment that follows their discussion of the book, Jesse and Justin move on to a broader conversation about the current, precarious moment for open inquiry in academia, as well as the turn toward activism in philosophy that has Justin worried about his field.
July 20th, 2020 | 56 mins 12 secs
andrew sullivan, bari weiss, media, online outrage, online shaming
After Jesse reluctantly reveals some incredibly embarrassing and personal details about his love life in the opening segment, the hosts discuss last week's two big media stories: Bari Weiss's resignation from The New York Times and Andrew Sullivan's firing from New York Magazine. Is this a sign that these outlets are narrowing their windows of acceptable opinion? Was Weiss's treatment in her workplace genuinely unfair, or is she reacting with the same 'safetyism' she has so forcefully criticized? If Jesse and Katie were trapped on a desert island, who would eat who? These and other questions, answered.
July 2nd, 2020 | 32 mins 44 secs
blm, interview, jesse only, liberalism, online outrage, online shaming, yascha mounk
Jesse interviews Yascha Mounk about the threats liberalism is facing from both the left and the right, and Yascha introduces a new platform he is launching to help stem the tide. In the full, patrons-only episode, the duo also discuss Yascha's great but infuriating article in The Atlantic, "Stop Firing the Innocent," the origins of the gender wage gap, antifa, the racial politics of police reform, and more. Make sure to check out persuasion.community, which should be live by the time you read this.
June 1st, 2020 | 48 mins 30 secs
amy cooper, christian cooper, media, nypd, online outrage, policing, race, racism, social media
Katie and Jesse discuss the Amy Cooper/Christian Cooper incident in Central Park. Is this different from other instances of online shaming? Do we lose something when, in trying to understand a complicated problem like police shootings and other abuses, we focus in on individuals rather than institutions and structures? Why all the focus on white women?