“Reducing the signal to noise ratio”: Talking with journalist Brennan Doherty about quitting Twitter

Most of us don’t even need to be on social media. So why does it feel like it’s our job? In this episode I talk with journalist Brennan Doherty about how we’ve both left Twitter and the impact it’s had on us. We also discuss the shifting landscape of social media platforms, disinformation and the strange relationship between the Twitter platform and the journalistic community. What are the professional ramifications of leaving socials? Can you “quiet quit” social media? And how are people’s relationships to social media changing over time?

Listen to the podcast on the audio link below. Also available on Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes.

Read the transcript (available soon) below audio link.

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Bio
Brennan Doherty is a Toronto-based writer whose work appears in the Toronto Star, TVO, Forbes Advisor, Future of Good, and elsewhere.

Algorithms and Outrage: Talking social media with Charles Arthur, author of Social Warming

In this episode, I interview Charles Arthur, the author of Social Warming: the dangerous and polarising effects of social media. We discuss the history of social media and current problems with social media, particularly disinformation on a global scale, as well as what we can do to combat this crisis.

Listen to the podcast via the audio file below, or on Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes here.

Read the transcript in the link below the audio file.
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Transcript by Julie-Ann Lee: Transcript_CharlesArthur_NCPodcast

Bio
Charles Arthur is a journalist who worked on daily national papers in the UK for twenty years, and has written three non-fiction books since 2011, including the one we’ll discuss, Social Warming. He met Bill Gates when Microsoft was small, Steve Jobs when Apple was smaller, and Larry Page (of Google) when Google was already pretty big. He’s visited the offices of Facebook and Twitter, but their CEOs remained elusive. He’s been freelance since 2014 and lives in southeast England.