By Drew Coffman, Jon Mitchell
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Drew Coffman and Jon Mitchell met on the internet in 2012. It was a whole different internet back then. This is a podcast about what’s changed, where it’s going, and what it’s doing to our always-online society.
||Clean13: As Resilient As We Can Be||This is a tough one, but it has a happy ending. Drew’s home was destroyed by wildfire. He and Kristine evacuated safely, and they’ve returned to Redding to begin rebuilding. Read Kristine’s story about what happened; it’s powerful. Drew explains||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: Happy Medium||Drew’s Twitter life has begun to feel like an addiction, which was why Jon deleted his account, and Drew’s considering that, too. They can’t discuss the addiction for too long without switching to the subject of recovery. Jon has been finding plac||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: A Slice of Being Alive||Drew bought a coffee shop! Jon went on a seven-day silent meditation retreat. These are seemingly pretty different responses to the present moment, but what they had in common was a drive to do something significant in the physical world rather than the||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Full-Body Squint||Working entirely online is liberating, but it’s also frustrating, and Jon and Drew are both wrestling with it lately. Drew is compensating for the isolation by renting an office space with friends who aren’t coworkers, but they are co-workers… if||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Tribal Gathering||Jon asks Drew about his visit to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the primary gathering of the Apple Tribe. Let’s face it: it’s a tribe, and it bears many of the hallmarks of tribalism. How much of the intense energy in the Apple Tribe is e||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPECIAL: Apple WWDC 2018 Keynote||Apple premiered iOS 12, watchOS 5, macOS 10.14 Mojave, and, uh, tvOS something-something today in San Jose, kicking off WWDC 2018. Drew and Jon weren’t in the room, as per usual, but that didn’t make them any less excited about the new features. The||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8.5: Elite Squad||Jon’s brother, Sam “DingoBongo” Mitchell, joins Jon and Drew for a continuation of the PUBG Mobile discussion in Episode 8. They discuss the difference — if any — between playing this game online as adults and playing Halo in the basement as k||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: War Stories||It takes more than simply hanging out to build community. It takes shared goals, and these days, it could be argued, violent video games are providing that better than so-called “social” apps are. Neither Drew nor Jon would have thought they’d tur||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Black Rectangle||Apple’s big annual WWDC keynote is a few weeks away, so it’s a good time for some new Hot Takes™. Inspired by Horace Dediu’s remarkable analysis on the iMac’s 20th anniversary, Jon and Drew take the unconventional approach of looking at what A||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Knocking Down the Walls||Follow-up on Garden (spoiler alert: nope) leads to a discussion of the evolution of keeping in touch, from actual pen pals through the IM years to the social media era, and the shifts in the nature of relationships that went along with it. Close relatio||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: A Facebook Birthday||One of the downsides of being off social media is losing the automatic reminders to stay in touch with people. Since deactivating Facebook four months ago, Jon is trying to build a system to replace that. Drew found an app called Garden that seems to fi||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Whatever Works||Jon has decided to retool everything on his phone, which means that something has gone wrong along the way. His ripping up of the digital floorboards turns into a conversation about our current ecosystems and the trickiness of answering questions that u||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPECIAL: Apple March 2018 Education Event||Not-live from not-Chicago, Drew and Jon recap Apple’s March 2018 event focused on education. They discuss the new iPad and updated iWork apps with Pencil support, the new Everyone Can Create courses teaching students how to make music, make movies, dr||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Shared Reality||It’s not just us: the story of social media has turned dark, and the leaders of the big platform companies are scrambling to fix it. Drew and Jon consider the prurient origins of social media and wonder whether it’s possible for these companies to t||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: We’ve Always Been Cyborgs||Drew and Jon share their excitement and frustration about this transition period between the desktop and touchscreen worlds. They realize they’re talking about having fun with their Apple stuff, which the Apple commentariat seems to have forbidden rec||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: How We Met on the Internet||Drew and Jon’s internet friendship began with this no-longer-extant live video chat… show… thing on April 19, 2012. Internet friendship has changed dramatically since then. In this episode, they trace the histories of their internet selves from th||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Online life is real life.
This is a show about life in the internet age, and it’s poignant and real, though it still has enough gadgetry for the gadgeteers. I wish all tech podcasts were like this.
An interesting personal tour of how we got from the beginning of “on line” to where we are now. Fascinating repartee from 2 guys who have thought a lot about what the online experience is and should be. If you want some great insights that will make you think beyond who liked my last post, give this a try.
Better than Back to Work
Cool guys, great insights, new favorite podcast.