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The Girl Gang returns to talk about the magical internet phenomenon we love to hate and hate to love: social media. From Neopets to AIM and Facebook to TikTok, we delve into years of social media past and present. Prepare yourself for the good, bad, and ugly of documenting your life on the web.
- How we're continuing to hold up in the pandemic as it drags on.
- Our early ventures into social media growing up.
- Shohreh's first run-in with catfishing in middle school.
- Our feelings about different kinds of social media, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
- The professionalism of butt pics on the internet.
- The importance of remembering that social media is a tool.
- Authenticity on social media and considering who you're posting for.
- The expectations we place on influencers and people on social media who we don't really know.
- The difficulty of online business and knowing that at any point a social media platform may become unpopular.
- Boundaries we've had to set around social media to deal with the negative parts.
- The positive parts of social media that keep us coming back.
Mentioned in This Episode
- Dial-up internet
- The sound of dial-up internet
- Clamp manga
- FiOS internet
- The Tumblr porn purge
- When Facebook dropped the “is” from status updates
- Parasocial relationships
- Jenna Marbles
- Noelle Stevenson
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Featured in This Episode
The Girl Gang is made up of Shohreh Davoodi, host of the Conjuring Up Courage podcast, as well as two of her closest friends, Tiffany Cunningham and Ally Ridnour.
Shohreh (she/her) is a self-trust coach, a bit of a mind witch, and a rainbow glitter bomb of a human. Through her content and coaching, she helps people develop their consciousness, care, and courage practices so they can be more of who they are (and less haunted by who they think they're supposed to be). When she's not working, Shohreh enjoys exploring the great outdoors, playing with her two pups, crafting, trapezing, gardening, and baking. You can find Shohreh on her website, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Tiffany (she/they) is a graphic designer, aerial enthusiast, fanfic author, cat mom, gay fairy gothmother, and bisexual human disaster. An actual Austin, Texas native, she’s been keeping her hometown weird long before it was cool. She is proud to be friends with Shohreh, and their friendship has grown through their shared passions for aerials and pop punk, mental health struggles, and experiences as queer women thumbing their noses at the patriarchy. You can find Tiffany on Instagram.
Ally (she/her) is an aerialist, a horror movie enthusiast, and a proud member of the Girl Gang. She has been described as “actually a trench coat filled with snakes and chaos” as well as “literally a demon,” and she feels those are pretty accurate descriptions. When she’s not busy filling every space she encounters with chaotic energy, she can probably be found laughing about farts or giving long-winded speeches about her weird taste in music to unappreciative audiences. She has a lot of opinions. You can find Ally on Instagram.
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