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THE PODCAST. Eli Pariser in "How We Can Actually Use The Internet for Good Things" {official thing}

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hallo loves!

if you're in the states...i send my love. 

the news about the supreme court is....well, it's beyond disturbing. it's heartbreaking. we can inly contunue to roll up our sleeves and get ready for the human rights fight of our lives. i hope you're voting. are you voting? please. VOTE. and to my community in poland....i am watching what is happening. for those who don't know: poland just made abortion illegal...completely illegal. no expections for rape, incest, or fetal abormalities. no excpetions if the mother's lifge is in danger. all abortions are now criminal. there are many people marching in the street - you may be one of them - and i am with you, heart and soul. i am working with my friend gaba kulka in poland to see what we can do to help...maybe we can make some art and raise some money for the women who are literally scrambling to afford to leave the country to get, in some cases, life-saving abortions. i cannot believe this is happening. and yet i can.


this is good timing for this podcast.

if you know me, you know i love the internet.

if you know me, you know i hate the internet.

(photo by shervin lainez)

i have made my life as a musician possible using the internet.

i'm using it now.

i have also seen things written on the internet that made me rush to the bathroom and literally throw up. 

love it or hate it, i've been using the internet and studying its ups and downsides for over twenty years.


 just in time for the election (and YES, that was on purpose)....the fifth episode of The Art of Asking Everything Podcast is out NOW. it features an amazing, winding, and soulful conversation with eli pariser of and fame, and it's called 

"How We Can Actually Use The Internet for Good Things".

eli is a pal i made though TED, and if you haven't seen his talk, start there. he invented the term "filter bubble". 

it's never been more important to understand HOW THE INTERNET WORKS, and how we can do the right things to keep it working.

HOW we surf, HOW we read, HOW we connect with our friends, lovers, fans and familes, HOW we get our news, HOW we talk to each other....we are all just starting to understand what we do and do not know, and what we can do to make the internet a better place.

here's the text i popped on the podcast section of my website for the episode:

IT IS THE EVE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION and things are crazy and scary on the Internet right now. 

Information is nine-dimensional and hard to trust. If you've seen "The Social Dilemma" and learned more about the dark-profit side of the internet, you may be considering throwing your laptop off a bridge. Eli Pariser has been paying attention to this stuff for ages. He's an author, activist, and entrepreneur focused on how to make technology and media serve democracy. He became executive director of in 2004, and then he went on to co-found, and he wrote a book called "The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You", which was recently updated and retitled "The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think".

Eli and I met up at a TED conference in Scotland and talked wide and deep about how the Internet is like a city, why it is so hard to be an artist in America, how to have empathy for people you don’t agree with, the struggle to raise children with the right amount of determination and grit, and how shame is a cultural tool to create conformity.



we go to some really beautiful and unexpected places.

it is now available wherever you get your podcasts.




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photos by liam tate, our engineer!



the follow-up chat last week with Laura Jane Grace got off to a chaotic start which was true to the podcast episode name, "punk guilt". it was still fucking fantastic and laura even played two acoustic songs for us in her bathroom! massive thanks to everyone who tuned it (here's the link to watch the archive for anyone who missed it:

this week, we will be chatting with eli, and with a week right before the election, as usual there is SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT!!!! PLEASE JOIN THIS ONE!!!!

our chat is scheduled for this THURSDAY, october 29th starting at 6pm ET new york time (that's friday, oct 30 at 11am NZST for me)

RSVP here and start leaving questions!!!!:

(you'll need to log into patreon to access this webcast as it's patron-only).

the live cast will be recorded and you can view the archive recording at the same link above, any time after the live stream ends.


SHOW NOTES: The Art of Asking Everything, Season 1, Episode 5

Eli Pariser: How We Can Actually Use The Internet for Good Things


Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Eli Pariser, recorded July 24, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Eli Pariser wants to make technology and media serve democracy, instead of the other way around. He is an author, activist, and entrepreneur who became executive director of in 2004, where he helped pioneer the practice of online citizen engagement. Eli is also the co-founder of Upworthy, a website for meaningful viral content, and Avaaz, a global citizen's organization. His book, “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You” not only introduced the term “filter bubble” to the world, but also kicked off a conversation about online discourse that has only become more pressing. He is the author of two TED Talks that focus on social media’s responsibility to the greater good. He currently co-directs, with Talia Stroud, the Civic Signals Project, which aims to support the creation of more flourishing digital public spaces. Check out his recent piece in Wired about how to create public spaces online.  
In this episode we talk about how we should attribute people’s actions to their situation instead of their character, controlling your environment to change your behavior for the good, applying urban planning theories to The Internet, inviting in the things you want in your life, why it is so hard to be an artist in America, having empathy for people you don’t agree with, the struggle to raise children with the right amount of determination and grit, and how shame is a cultural tool to create conformity.



Civic Signals:




i've attached a pdf of the transcript of my conversation with Eli to the patreon post. to view it, you can download it by visiting this patreon post on the web at:

(it's a hyperlink at the very bottom of the post with a little paper clip attachment symbol next to it)


Thank you, of course, to my guest Eli Pariser. The engineer for this interview was Liam Tate, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The theme song is called "Bottomfeeder" from my 2012 crowdfunded album Theatre Is Evil. I would like to give a shout-out to Jherek Bischoff, who arranged the beautiful in-between-y orchestral music that you heard in this podcast, those are all little snippets from my latest album, There Will Be No Intermission, which you should listen to if you like really sad songs. Jherek took motifs from my songs, and made those lovely arrangements. And you can go support Jherek over on his Patreon, he’s a fantastic musician, and your support would mean a lot to him.

To access all the music that you heard in this episode, you can go to the new and improved

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the book up for discussion is "THE FILTER BUBBLE: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think". 

again, the very least we can do is keep the conversation going on the shadowbox! the thread is here:


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my team is gold. my patrons are gold. thank you team, for helping me make this podcats. thank you patrons, for paying my team.





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