We’re joined on the Starline by a senior editor for Motherboard. She covers sexuality, online culture and more. Her book “How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex” is now out. We welcome Samantha Cole.
Samantha, let’s go Beyond the Mic your book looks at the origins of the internet today and how sex influenced all of it. Why was this important for you?
You discuss cam girls, lonelygirl15 and the algorithms inside social media and more. How did your own internet usage and abuse online influence it?
In what way has social media devolved from keeping up with family & friends to political fights and porn?
How has the pandemic changed you and the way you use the internet?
The Rockin’ 8 with:
It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
1. Best social media platform that isn’t here anymore?
2. Have you ever walked into a wall?
3. Best place to bike in Brooklyn
4. How has Calliope helped you during the writing of your book?
5. Weirdest thing you searched for online for an article you were writing?
6. Artist / Band you would pay full ticket price to sit in the 1st 5 rows for?
7. Most underrated place in New York?
8. What do you have on your fridge door?
You really can’t search for anything on the internet like an old encyclopedia in rabbit holes and the algorithm always pulls you back
One Big Question:
Did writing this book helped you come to grips with your own uncomfortable feelings about the internet?
Where can people find you?
Her boyfriend’s cat helped her except when she found her first typo, loves Paramore and biking in prospect park. Her book is “How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex”. Author Samantha Cole, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.
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