Episode 2 of PhDigital - Joe Ondrak on Creepypasta, Fake news, and Post-postmodernism
For those who've been waiting with bated breath (because you like the podcast but you're too cheap to get early access on the Patreon), you can exhale now. Episode Two of PhDigital is here. In this one, I'm talking to Joe Ondrak, a PhD student in English Lit at Sheffield Hallam University. He researches the internet horror stories called Creepypasta, the most famous (but by no means the most interesting) of which is Slender man. We talk about a whole bunch of different creepypasta, including our joint favourite Candle Cove, and the early internet horrors Ted the Caver and Dionaea House. We also talk about the concept of the tulpa, which refers to something brought into being by people thinking or talking about it - and it was weird to have this come up immediately after I'd listened to an episode of Last Podcast on the Left in which they talk about the same kind of thing. There's a riff (by me) on Ian Hacking's Kinds of People, probably my favourite academic paper of all time, about how people change in response to how we classify and treat them. There's also some chat about fake news, as well as my terrible Jordan Peterson impression in there somewhere.
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