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Toddzilla X

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Escaping The Cave

Escaping The Cave

Toddzilla X

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The confluence of profits, boutique "news" propaganda, psychology, and exploding hyper-connective technology: The Social Media Disease.

Latest Episodes

#92 - Addictive Outrage, Empathy's Path, A Nation in Heat

ETodd & Brian return discussing the direct parallels between ideological and theological religion and what Dan Carlin calls The Heat: trivial outrage manufactured to manipulate media consumers for advertising profits, and how it affects us as a society. And, does it matter if our outrage triggers are fake? Is social media contributing to a literal devolution and destroying eons of self-domestication? How do we reclaim our human empathy? Are we returning to naked barbarism as we become slaves to emotional impulses that just "must" be expressed/inflicted? Also, fertile revolutionary soil and how it's the suffering who are susceptible to Snake Oil Demagoguery, Manchurian propagandists, the Electoral College, and Mencken's disturbing concept of irredeemably. What if there is no solution? Dan Carlin's "A Recipe For Caesar": https://www.dancarlin.com/product/common-sense-319-a-recipe-for-caesar/ MORE ETC: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

106 min17 h ago
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#92 - Addictive Outrage, Empathy's Path, A Nation in Heat

#91 - The Whitmer Plot, Michigan's Militias, Socialism's Facade

EBrian rejoins Todd just in time to discuss the plot to kidnap our governor, Michigan's militias, the psychology of extremism, and the ongoing destruction of social and governmental norms. What are these groups fighting against and do they have a legitimate point buried beneath their theatrics? Is socialism a cult destined to lead to disillusionment and a totalitarian state whose main purpose is maintaining the utopian illusion? We also discuss data overload, Manchurian Propagandists, as well as free speech and the responsibility that comes with it; when does free speech become destructive? Can we tell the difference between propaganda and information? Has propaganda become so ubiquitous that it's actually replaced objective fact without us realizing it? Like it? Share it! MORE: https://www.escapingthecave.com MUSIC: The Limbos & Paul Vernon RE20

99 min2 w ago
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#91 - The Whitmer Plot, Michigan's Militias, Socialism's Facade

#90 -The Trumptober Surprise; Leo Ryan & The Dennis Doctrine

ETodd's a bit cranky this weekend,Trump has the virus, and we all "wish him well." Do we? Do we really? The trustpocalypse: it's telling how many suspect the dramatic diagnosis may be part of his reality show's season finale. Todd also discusses our unprecedented institutional meltdown, his chronically "angry" tone and the distinction between honesty and truth. He also pays a personal tribute to a childhood idol, Bob Gibson, and shows how Leo Ryan's Jonestown example adds texture to the Dennis Doctrine and the firm belief that fanatical sectarians should be exiled not engaged: "the switch is internal." Also: Trump's social momentum, applying the Useless Shit Epiphany to turning 50, and Toddzilla's Tribe: where exactly is it? Like the show? Share it! More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/ (SM7B)

66 min3 w ago
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#90 -The Trumptober Surprise; Leo Ryan & The Dennis Doctrine

On Morality & Fanaticism; Conformist Suicide

E"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something... but that it is a moral imperative that we have it... we join the fashionable madmen, and then...the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. And I suspect we are already there." -Joan Didion (1965) --As a follow-up to the last episode, this trimmed and updated re-post connects Didion's fanatic test to the moral certitude manufactured by propaganda and its architects using social media as a delivery super weapon. Also, public vs. private opinion, the Cradle of Reason, how propagandees can respond to competing propagandists, and keeping the you in you. Like it? Share it! Watch The Social Dilemma! Music: Yellow Candy & Paul Vernon More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

41 min3 w ago
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On Morality & Fanaticism; Conformist Suicide

#89 - An Invasive Species Gazes Into The Abyss

ETodd & Brian discuss whether the "divine" human species is in fact both bipolar and invasive, the difficulties that come from gazing into the Abyss, and moral imperatives vs. self-righteousness: how narcissistic morality becomes naked authoritarianism. Also, where solutions to the informational anarchy crisis must begin, when the ends smother the means, how a species can summon both altruism and barbarity, and let's kill Rousseau's Noble Savage once and for all. Yes! More easy social dilemma listening to help you escape the world's troubles! Like it? Share it! Music: Paul Vernon and Yellow Candy More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

95 minSEP 28
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#89 - An Invasive Species Gazes Into The Abyss

#88 - Steinbeck, Murrow, and The Social Media Disease

EContinuing the Social Dilemma theme, Todd and Brian delve further into the social, psychological, and personal effects of more than a decade of social media, including meeting members of their direct families for the first time directly via Facebook. Also, Todd's argument against monetization, digital reunions and the bizarre new expectation that, somehow, everyone from every epoch of our lives now deserves a seat at our virtual table. We also discuss the failed utopian vision of "informational democracy" and the essential nature of gatekeeper, learning how to both use these platforms as tools and sabotage the Zuckorithm, as well as possible macro and micro solutions. Is this a triage situation? The show closes with a surprise appearance by Edward R. Murrow and why informational anarchy and intellectual autonomy, not climate change, is the crisis of our time. Murrow's Text: https://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_s_1958_wires_lights_in_a_box_speech More Zilla: https://www.esca...

89 minSEP 21
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#88 - Steinbeck, Murrow, and The Social Media Disease

#87 - The Social Dilemma: War of the Virtual Worlds

ETodd and Brian discuss The Social Dilemma, the new Netflix documentary probing the exploitative, corrosive, and polarizing effects of social media, both psychologically and socially. Also, the addictive nature of the medium, how it manipulates evolutionary psychology, the potentially dangerous side effects of performance withdrawal and how, once you escape, you become an organic organism in a digital ecosystem. We also tinker with solutions and discuss the horrific dystopia awaiting us if we fail to find them. Hint 1: It's the people. Hint 2: The tube: it's social media and Google! Like it? Tell a friend! Even on Facebook! Book your seat on Toddzilla's 2021 Motivational Speaking Tour now! My world famous children's parties are 50% off for a limited time! More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

82 minSEP 14
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#87 - The Social Dilemma: War of the Virtual Worlds

#86 - The Illusion of Knowledge & Democratized Opinion 2.0

EAre we creating the democratic utopia many naively envisioned at the Internet's birth? Or, are we descending into hell on Earth unleashed by informational anarchy and the freed, and anonymous, human beast? A prelude to my deep dive into Ellul's Propaganda, this episode begins with a description of the DIKW pyramid then moves on to how Plato's Illusion of Knowledge fable applies to the digital Matrix dominated by Social Media, Google, and ostentatious sophists posing as "influencers." Also: a discussion ofDr. Elias Aboujaoude's stellar book Virtually You and a one-sided examination of the God-Devil duality lurking inside each of us. Like it? Share it! The Social Dilemma: watch It! https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224Dr. Eli: http://www.eliasaboujaoude.comHis book: https://www.amazon.com/Virtually-You-Dangerous-Powers-Personality/dp/0393340546 For the masochist: www.escapingthecave.com

79 minSEP 12
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#86 - The Illusion of Knowledge & Democratized Opinion 2.0

#85 - Cyberspace Monkeys & The Boiling Caldera

EFormer radio personality, psychologist, and current PR guy, The Professor joins the show as perhaps the perfect co-host discussing propaganda and hyper-connective technology's unknown effect on an oblivious public. Todd then chats about mail-in voting and the looming post-election storm, a minor kancel kultur attack and the ensuing process of deciding whether to continue a "Singing For Helen Keller" podcast, and what it's like being ahead of the curve then watching people slowly catch on. Thanks for your patience, subscribers and new listeners. Like it? Share it! Then prepare yourselves. ;) More: www.escapingthecave.com

58 minSEP 10
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#85 - Cyberspace Monkeys & The Boiling Caldera

#84 - Intellectual Populism, Enemy of the People, The Humanovirus S**tshow

EDetailing the gloriously organic results coming from a month of social media, news, and podcasting detox. Also, boutique "news" & democratized opinion's relationship to mob rule: Ibsen's Enemy of the People, the humanovirus and its ubiquitous invasive species traits, the Dennis Doctrine, and podcasting without Sausage Party Hope and with a severed validation stream leaves one pesky unanswered question: "why the f**ck am I doing this?" More Drew Michael: https://www.youtube.com/user/drewmichaelcomedy/videos More Me:www.escapingthecave.com

77 minAUG 19
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#84 - Intellectual Populism, Enemy of the People, The Humanovirus S**tshow

Latest Episodes

#92 - Addictive Outrage, Empathy's Path, A Nation in Heat

ETodd & Brian return discussing the direct parallels between ideological and theological religion and what Dan Carlin calls The Heat: trivial outrage manufactured to manipulate media consumers for advertising profits, and how it affects us as a society. And, does it matter if our outrage triggers are fake? Is social media contributing to a literal devolution and destroying eons of self-domestication? How do we reclaim our human empathy? Are we returning to naked barbarism as we become slaves to emotional impulses that just "must" be expressed/inflicted? Also, fertile revolutionary soil and how it's the suffering who are susceptible to Snake Oil Demagoguery, Manchurian propagandists, the Electoral College, and Mencken's disturbing concept of irredeemably. What if there is no solution? Dan Carlin's "A Recipe For Caesar": https://www.dancarlin.com/product/common-sense-319-a-recipe-for-caesar/ MORE ETC: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

106 min17 h ago
Comments
#92 - Addictive Outrage, Empathy's Path, A Nation in Heat

#91 - The Whitmer Plot, Michigan's Militias, Socialism's Facade

EBrian rejoins Todd just in time to discuss the plot to kidnap our governor, Michigan's militias, the psychology of extremism, and the ongoing destruction of social and governmental norms. What are these groups fighting against and do they have a legitimate point buried beneath their theatrics? Is socialism a cult destined to lead to disillusionment and a totalitarian state whose main purpose is maintaining the utopian illusion? We also discuss data overload, Manchurian Propagandists, as well as free speech and the responsibility that comes with it; when does free speech become destructive? Can we tell the difference between propaganda and information? Has propaganda become so ubiquitous that it's actually replaced objective fact without us realizing it? Like it? Share it! MORE: https://www.escapingthecave.com MUSIC: The Limbos & Paul Vernon RE20

99 min2 w ago
Comments
#91 - The Whitmer Plot, Michigan's Militias, Socialism's Facade

#90 -The Trumptober Surprise; Leo Ryan & The Dennis Doctrine

ETodd's a bit cranky this weekend,Trump has the virus, and we all "wish him well." Do we? Do we really? The trustpocalypse: it's telling how many suspect the dramatic diagnosis may be part of his reality show's season finale. Todd also discusses our unprecedented institutional meltdown, his chronically "angry" tone and the distinction between honesty and truth. He also pays a personal tribute to a childhood idol, Bob Gibson, and shows how Leo Ryan's Jonestown example adds texture to the Dennis Doctrine and the firm belief that fanatical sectarians should be exiled not engaged: "the switch is internal." Also: Trump's social momentum, applying the Useless Shit Epiphany to turning 50, and Toddzilla's Tribe: where exactly is it? Like the show? Share it! More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/ (SM7B)

66 min3 w ago
Comments
#90 -The Trumptober Surprise; Leo Ryan & The Dennis Doctrine

On Morality & Fanaticism; Conformist Suicide

E"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something... but that it is a moral imperative that we have it... we join the fashionable madmen, and then...the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble. And I suspect we are already there." -Joan Didion (1965) --As a follow-up to the last episode, this trimmed and updated re-post connects Didion's fanatic test to the moral certitude manufactured by propaganda and its architects using social media as a delivery super weapon. Also, public vs. private opinion, the Cradle of Reason, how propagandees can respond to competing propagandists, and keeping the you in you. Like it? Share it! Watch The Social Dilemma! Music: Yellow Candy & Paul Vernon More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

41 min3 w ago
Comments
On Morality & Fanaticism; Conformist Suicide

#89 - An Invasive Species Gazes Into The Abyss

ETodd & Brian discuss whether the "divine" human species is in fact both bipolar and invasive, the difficulties that come from gazing into the Abyss, and moral imperatives vs. self-righteousness: how narcissistic morality becomes naked authoritarianism. Also, where solutions to the informational anarchy crisis must begin, when the ends smother the means, how a species can summon both altruism and barbarity, and let's kill Rousseau's Noble Savage once and for all. Yes! More easy social dilemma listening to help you escape the world's troubles! Like it? Share it! Music: Paul Vernon and Yellow Candy More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

95 minSEP 28
Comments
#89 - An Invasive Species Gazes Into The Abyss

#88 - Steinbeck, Murrow, and The Social Media Disease

EContinuing the Social Dilemma theme, Todd and Brian delve further into the social, psychological, and personal effects of more than a decade of social media, including meeting members of their direct families for the first time directly via Facebook. Also, Todd's argument against monetization, digital reunions and the bizarre new expectation that, somehow, everyone from every epoch of our lives now deserves a seat at our virtual table. We also discuss the failed utopian vision of "informational democracy" and the essential nature of gatekeeper, learning how to both use these platforms as tools and sabotage the Zuckorithm, as well as possible macro and micro solutions. Is this a triage situation? The show closes with a surprise appearance by Edward R. Murrow and why informational anarchy and intellectual autonomy, not climate change, is the crisis of our time. Murrow's Text: https://www.rtdna.org/content/edward_r_murrow_s_1958_wires_lights_in_a_box_speech More Zilla: https://www.esca...

89 minSEP 21
Comments
#88 - Steinbeck, Murrow, and The Social Media Disease

#87 - The Social Dilemma: War of the Virtual Worlds

ETodd and Brian discuss The Social Dilemma, the new Netflix documentary probing the exploitative, corrosive, and polarizing effects of social media, both psychologically and socially. Also, the addictive nature of the medium, how it manipulates evolutionary psychology, the potentially dangerous side effects of performance withdrawal and how, once you escape, you become an organic organism in a digital ecosystem. We also tinker with solutions and discuss the horrific dystopia awaiting us if we fail to find them. Hint 1: It's the people. Hint 2: The tube: it's social media and Google! Like it? Tell a friend! Even on Facebook! Book your seat on Toddzilla's 2021 Motivational Speaking Tour now! My world famous children's parties are 50% off for a limited time! More: https://www.escapingthecave.com/

82 minSEP 14
Comments
#87 - The Social Dilemma: War of the Virtual Worlds

#86 - The Illusion of Knowledge & Democratized Opinion 2.0

EAre we creating the democratic utopia many naively envisioned at the Internet's birth? Or, are we descending into hell on Earth unleashed by informational anarchy and the freed, and anonymous, human beast? A prelude to my deep dive into Ellul's Propaganda, this episode begins with a description of the DIKW pyramid then moves on to how Plato's Illusion of Knowledge fable applies to the digital Matrix dominated by Social Media, Google, and ostentatious sophists posing as "influencers." Also: a discussion ofDr. Elias Aboujaoude's stellar book Virtually You and a one-sided examination of the God-Devil duality lurking inside each of us. Like it? Share it! The Social Dilemma: watch It! https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224Dr. Eli: http://www.eliasaboujaoude.comHis book: https://www.amazon.com/Virtually-You-Dangerous-Powers-Personality/dp/0393340546 For the masochist: www.escapingthecave.com

79 minSEP 12
Comments
#86 - The Illusion of Knowledge & Democratized Opinion 2.0

#85 - Cyberspace Monkeys & The Boiling Caldera

EFormer radio personality, psychologist, and current PR guy, The Professor joins the show as perhaps the perfect co-host discussing propaganda and hyper-connective technology's unknown effect on an oblivious public. Todd then chats about mail-in voting and the looming post-election storm, a minor kancel kultur attack and the ensuing process of deciding whether to continue a "Singing For Helen Keller" podcast, and what it's like being ahead of the curve then watching people slowly catch on. Thanks for your patience, subscribers and new listeners. Like it? Share it! Then prepare yourselves. ;) More: www.escapingthecave.com

58 minSEP 10
Comments
#85 - Cyberspace Monkeys & The Boiling Caldera

#84 - Intellectual Populism, Enemy of the People, The Humanovirus S**tshow

EDetailing the gloriously organic results coming from a month of social media, news, and podcasting detox. Also, boutique "news" & democratized opinion's relationship to mob rule: Ibsen's Enemy of the People, the humanovirus and its ubiquitous invasive species traits, the Dennis Doctrine, and podcasting without Sausage Party Hope and with a severed validation stream leaves one pesky unanswered question: "why the f**ck am I doing this?" More Drew Michael: https://www.youtube.com/user/drewmichaelcomedy/videos More Me:www.escapingthecave.com

77 minAUG 19
Comments
#84 - Intellectual Populism, Enemy of the People, The Humanovirus S**tshow
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