Year: 2021

Episode 11: Happily Ever After

In this fairy tale inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by romance novelist Renee Dahlia as we discuss how fairy tale tropes can be translated across into fiction.

We explore how fairy tale retellings are used in modern stories, which fairy tales are most popular, the connection between fairy tales and romance, and how marginalised authors can use them to leverage their stories for a wider audience.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

“Just as there are more fairy tales than Cinderella, there is more diversity in romance. Using familiar fairy tale tropes acts as both a mirror and a window.”

Renee Dahlia, romance author

Guest Host:

Renee Dahlia – Author

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:40 – Why fairy tales?
  • 7:48 – What is a fairy tale?
  • 18:45 – Fairy tales and Romance
  • 41:07 – Fairy tales in other media
  • 59.08 – Accessibility of fairy tales
  • 1:18:58 – Wrap up
  • 1:24:01 – Outro

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Digital artwork using fairy tale
‘Women’s Stories’ artwork by Philippa/Synaesthezia Designs, quote from ‘Women’s Stories’ by Jane Yolen. Quote used with permission of the author.

Episode 10: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind Pt 2

“Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”

In the second part of this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred (previously seen in Episode 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals) as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction.

We explore the fascinating theory of the Bicameral Mind, explore Golems and Murderbots, what is Rampancy and the repercussions of it, and the differences between Humans and Artificial Intelligence – if you can’t tell the difference, does it even matter?

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

“The Bicameral Mind is completely untestable, and therefore it belongs completely in the same bucket as Teilhard’s Omega Point theories, and it’s AMAZING”

Dave

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:27 – The Bicameral Mind
  • 7:11 – What is Rampancy?
  • 11:01 – Golems and Murderbots
  • 21:47 – Repercussions of Rampancy
  • 37:17 – Humans vs AIs: If you can’t tell, does it even matter?
  • 45:28 – Wrap up and outro

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Episode 9: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind Pt 1

“Bring yourself back online…”

It is finally here! In this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred (previously seen in Episode 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals) as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction.

We discuss the difference between machine learning and artificial intelligence, the gendered nature of AI work in fiction, and the implications of when AIs outgrow their programming and the ways in which they grow rampant.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:55 – Rampancy of the Artificial Mind
  • 11:48 – How AI is used in fiction
  • 40:07 – When AI goes rampant
  • 1:00:33 – Wrap up and outro

“When AIs start acting beyond their designated boundaries, they either start firing missiles or they start asserting personhood.”

~ Philippa

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The MCU is terrible and you should demand better

Our co-host Nick has written an article for online journal Medium that is a companion piece to our two-part series on The Politics of Superheroes. Find out what he has to add to his podcast rant.

{Marvel] are the largest media empire the world has ever seen. That’s why they should do better, and why we should expect much more from them

Nick

Episode 8: The Politics of Superheroes Pt 2

In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are once again joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crow Land Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 2).

We discuss a time when superheroes were playful, the concept of adult superhero stories with consequences, and explore if superheroes are an inherently fascist genre.

“America keeps telling itself the story of powerful individuals who can change the world and who will not be changed by it.”

Christian D. Read, author

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host:

Christian Read – Author & Game Designer

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:19 – When superheroes were playful (or: Thor and the Frogs)
  • 9:45 – Character, drama and consequences
  • 17:42 – The sad story of Watchmen prequels
  • 20.51 – Is this an inherently fascist genre?
  • 32:56 – Which countries get Superheroes?
  • 40:26 – The good stuff – recommendations
  • 50:45 – Outro

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Episode 7: The Politics of Superheroes Pt 1

In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 1).

We discuss Alan Moore’s recent controversial interviews and criticism about the state of superhero movies, consider the concept of ‘privatising world peace’, and look at the point of R-rated superheroes.

“The current extended hero universes are one long, embarrassing response to 9-11.”

Christian D. Read, author

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host:

Christian Read – Author & Game Designer

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Superhero romances (a sample of titles)

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Special Thanks:

To all at the Wicked Wallflowers Coven, for their help with compiling the Superhero Romances list. You are all fantastic.

Episode 6: MMOs for world peace Pt 3

In our first official collab (part 3), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media.

In this episode we look at the concept of gamer identity, the darker side of gaming, and how gamers can become professional without being in the elite tier of e-sports players. We also explore how marketers now consider gamers a key target audience, and the ways they try (or fail) to advertise to them.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host

Tom / Robots: The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network – our guest host on this episode. Check out his stuff, it is awesome!

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:19 – Gamer identity and representation
  • 7:52 – The darker side of gaming
  • 15:53 – The profession of gaming
  • 24:49 – Gamers as an audience
  • 27:31 – In defence of mediocrity in gaming
  • 33:36 – Wrap up
  • 35:55 – Outro

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Episode 5: MMOs for world peace Pt 2

In our first official collab (part 2), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media.

In this episode we look at the how gamers used the internet to build an international community, and how gaming culture went mainstream in the 2000s. We also explore how the windows and mirrors theory by Rudine Sims Bishops applies to gamers, and look at the ‘Critical Role effect’.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host

Tom / Robots: The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network – our guest host on this episode. Check out his stuff, it is awesome!

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:15 – Building an international community of gamers
  • 4:52 – Gamers go mainstream
  • 12:22 – Flipping the narrative
  • 16:43 – Windows and mirrors theory in gaming
  • 23:27 – The Critical Role Effect in gaming
  • 46:06 – Outro

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