Episode #9×37: From Poking, to Paying, to Reaching Zen

  • Welcome to #Millennial, the home of pretend adulting and real talk!
  • We’re excited to announce our 2023 physical gift for BAE+ Patrons: signed album art with a super secret gift you can only get as a BAE Patron for a limited time! #iykyk
  • Do we judge people who work with ghostwriters to publish their memoirs?
  • Is it dishonest to use a ghostwriter and not credit them? Is there a difference between using ghostwriters for fiction vs non-fiction?
  • We expect to need to hire experts to do a variety of jobs for us – why is ghostwriting any different?
  • TikTok has fallen: our latest social media fav is considering rolling out an ad-free subscription tier. Will Pam and Laura be able to resist the temptation?
  • Is Meta setting itself up to fuck around and find out? The platform is reportedly rolling out paid ad-free plans and the requirement for non-paid customers to opt in for free with personalized ads to get around European Union data privacy regulations. How many European citizens do we think will go for this?
  • And getting into truly ridiculous subscription model territory: Tinder’s new Select model will cost $499 per month and come with additional features to boost the advantage of meeting their “most sought-after users.”
  • “If I’m paying $499/month for Tinder can it just blow me?”
  • This week’s recommendations are practical with a pinch of the abstract from Andrew (because ofc): Touch grass and become less dependent on streaming apps (Andrew), Glossier’s new Stretch Foundation (Laura), and the Cuisinart immersion blender for all your fall soup needs (Pam).

And in this week’s installment of After Dark:

  • Inspired by the story of known con artist Coco Berthmann, we talk about internet ghosts: the people you thought you knew who ended up being someone else entirely.
  • Laura shares a personal MuggleSuck example of a friend she met through fandom who ended up lying about their entire life story.
  • For more fandom drama, we recount a scandal that is still rocking us to this day.

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