That's a Thing?!
By Karen Unland and Elizabeth Spencer
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A sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20. In each episode, Elizabeth, a teenager, explains a thing to Karen, her mother. And Karen tells Elizabeth how that thing relates to something she knows. Maybe.
||CleanTikTok: Performance art or stranger danger? Yes.||Elizabeth explains TikTok, the wildly popular app that used to be Musical.ly, inherited Vine’s place on the internet, and could lead your kids towards extreme creativity or utter toxicity, or both! Plus, Jon returns with a look at the memes of 2018.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe fatal flaws of YouTube||In Part 2 of our examination of YouTube, Elizabeth zooms out and zooms back in again on what is wrong with her generation’s main source of information and entertainment, and why they’ll keep watching anyway.||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTweetable terrors and digital dread||Are you up on SCP? How about the Look-See? If a kid said “I like rusty spoons,” would you know what he was on about? Elizabeth recommends the scariest things your teen has probably already seen.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe cons and cons of YouTube||Elizabeth explains the drama-soaked world of YouTube and the false promise of the American dream through the lens of the debacle known as Tanacon. Part 1 of 2, with a special guest appearance by Kyle Marshall.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat do you meme by that?||A listener question requesting help to interpret various memes prompts us to bring in reinforcements (i.e. Elizabeth’s brother Jon) to explain the dank, deep-fried, spicy and wholesome bits of internet culture whose meaning might elude you.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't forget to floss (or do)||Flossing — it’s not just for teeth anymore. Elizabeth explains the origins of the dance move to Karen, and expresses disbelief that she didn’t know about it, because isn’t already over by now? Also, relive the dance crazes of the ‘80s and earl||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow K-Pop's BTS became a thing||Elizabeth has an interesting theory about the phenomenal rise of K-Pop sensation BTS, and Karen finds parallels to The Monkees and Moonlighting. Is Suga your bias? Do you even know what that means? Listen and you will.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: I'll meet you in a Fortnite||More than 14 million people follow Fortnite on Twitch, but somehow, Karen had never heard of it. Elizabeth enlightens her mom about the game that has glued kids to their phones and freaked out “old people media.”||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Fanfictionary||Elizabeth introduces her mom to the surprisingly vast and very teen-girl-driven world of fan fiction. It’s not all shipping (but it is a lot of shipping —listen if you don’t know what that is. Hint: No boats involved).||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Indie video games||Elizabeth dives into the world of indie video games, introducing some that her mother would really rather not know about (hi, FNAF), and some that she's kind of looking forward to trying. Plus, #PaulWatch and the meaning of THOT. Find links to the games||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Eating Tide Pods||Elizabeth explains how eating Tide Pods became a thing, and analyzes media coverage of the phenomenon. This leads to a discussion of challenges past and present. We also revisit Logan Paul (shudder), who was briefly touched on in Episode 2 and has since||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Team 10||Elizabeth explains things to her mom in this sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20. This time around, she tells the story of Team 10, a collective of YouTube channels whose hosts boost each other’s fol||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Creepypasta||In this inaugural episode of a sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20, Elizabeth explains a deliciously disturbing literary phenomenon. Full show notes at https://seenandheardyeg.com/category/thats-a-thi||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
it is a good thing!
I like the podcast. I have to say it also makes me feel old!
A great intergenerational podcast
This is such a fun podcast, no matter where you fall generationally. Personally, I'm in between Karen and Elizabeth, so I'm familiar with some of the things Elizabeth is informing her mother about, but not all. I've learned some new things (YouTube is a whole rabbit hole...) and had lots of fun on the way. Great banter! Also, now I know what Fortnite is. Thanks you two!!!
As a mother of teenagers I've learned a lot. Great work!