Episode #8×11: Bizarre New Emojis, Why Are There So Many Cookie Warnings?, Stacey Abrams and Politicians on TV

  • Laura kicks off the show with an update about her screen time – has she been successful in spending less time staring at her phone?
  • We chat briefly about how the current chip shortage may be extended due to the war in Ukraine.
  • Pixar is adding back a lesbian kiss to the upcoming Buzz Lightyear movie in the wake of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ backlash against Disney.
  • Professor Sims has an exciting announcement: his new Patreon course is available NOW! Listeners of this show can get $25 off with code MILLENNIAL.
  • Apple’s new iOS update comes with 37 new emojis... but will we use all of them? There are one or two that make us feel ~uncomfortable~.
  • In other news, Twitter is introducing a downvote feature. Will this help combat internet trolls, or further drive people into their own echo chambers?
  • Twitter’s also coming for Instagram’s close friends feature. Now we don’t need to maintain private accounts to be petty! (But also, is anyone else feeling overwhelmed by social media platforms constantly copying each other?)
  • Also tech related, we chat about why seemingly every site asks us to accept its cookies. And no, we’re unfortunately not talking about the edible variety.
  • What’s worse – cookies pop ups or auto-playing videos?
  • Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made a cameo on Star Trek Discovery as President of United Earth, and some people with nothing better to do had a hissy fit over it.
  • Politicians making pop culture appearances is not as uncommon as you might think. How do we feel about elected representatives doing this?
  • Need something new to do? We’ve got you covered with recommendations: Make your own cider kit (Andrew), Olive & June for press-ons that look great and actually last (Laura), and ‘Turning Red’ on Disney+ (Pam).
  • This week’s show is sponsored by Felix Gray (https://www.felixgrayglasses.com/MILL for free shipping, returns, and exchanges on the best blue light glasses on the market). Support #Millennial by supporting our sponsors!

And in this week’s installment of After Dark, available on Patreon:

  • Do we have any regrets about friendships that didn’t last? What about the ones that just fell by the wayside?
  • We dig into the difference between a friend you don’t talk to often (but maintain a strong bond with), and a friendship that naturally grows apart as people change.
  • Is there ever a time where it’s appropriate to burn bridges? We think listening to your gut is super important on that one!

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