Episode #8×40: House of the Disturbingly Addictive Plotlines

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real Tiktok class action lawsuits.
  • After months of speculation, Elon Musk has officially purchased Twitter for $44 billion (which is way more than Twitter is worth).
  • See what Nilay Patel, aka Andrew’s new Leo Laporte, had to say on Elon’s head scratching purchase of the social media platform.
  • We share our concerns about the future of Twitter as small creators ourselves, and speculate over how likely major changes to Twitter’s rules are to be.
  • A big sticking point for Elon’s imagined “town square” version of Twitter will be advertisers. No one’s gonna want to advertise Christmas M&Ms next to the latest unregulated antisemitic Kanye meltdown.
  • Will we leave Twitter? We share our red lines.
  • Taylor Swift has also seen some backlash over her “Anti-Hero” music video, which featured some of the singer’s “nightmare scenarios.” The nightmare scenario that has caught everyone’s attention? Taylor’s scale weighing her as “fat.”
  • Although Swift has spoken about her struggles with disordered eating and body dysmorphia, many are calling out that an objectively skinny woman talking about being “fat” as a nightmare is lacking some self-awareness at best.
  • Does there need to be more nuance in this conversation? Yes. Does Taylor need to sit with this and learn to do better? Also yes.
  • Interestingly, there’s been no discernible criticism of the incest portrayed in ‘House of the Dragon’ – in fact, there is a significant thirst happening online for uncle/niece romantic duo Daemon and Rhaenyra.
  • Though this is not the first time incest has been represented in Westeros, it is the most prominent example for the tv shows. Are viewers turned on by the actors’ chemistry or the taboo nature of this relationship?
  • We share final thoughts on season 1 of ‘House of the Dragon’ – will we tune in for season 2?
  • This week we give a group recommendation: if you are eligible to vote in the United States… VOTE! Please. For the love of avocados. Next week’s episode will provide election coverage.

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • With nostalgia in mind, we ask ourselves: what sucked as a kid, but is cool as an adult?
  • Weird how corporal punishment becomes a sex kink. Thanks parents!
  • Are all the things we hated as kids but like as adults good for our mental health?
  • Have we all become a lot more domestic than we thought we would?

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