That’s right, folks, I’m back on my bullshit.
My friend Alex and I are starting a podcast. It’s called: Literally Two Cents About Content!, a podcast about what it’s like to make as little as two cents per word at a content mill.
He and I met when we worked for the same content mill — a truly grueling job that had us churning out 4,000 words of #content per day. (That’s a 12-page research paper per DAY, just to put that in perspective.)
Our goal for the show is to put a critical eye on the concept of “content” (something he is already doing very well in his substack newsletter, by the way) and why the capitalist machine demands so much productivity and “creativity” out of content producers.
TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, this blog even — why do we feel the need to produce content for a vague “audience” to consume? Why does Google’s algorithm prioritize certain types of content over others? Is Google’s algorithm even doing anything anymore? What does “SEO” even mean? What kind of moderation do we need in this public sphere, and can we ever achieve it in the same world where Elon Musk can purchase Twitter by farting into the wind??
Okay maybe not so much that last phrase, especially with the latest news about that whole debacle, but you get the idea.
I’m excited to share this with you and excited to have these conversations with my friend. Now, off to make some notes and read the Communist Manifesto (for real this time, instead of like when I pretended to read it in college).