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Power User with Taylor Lorenz
Power User with Taylor Lorenz
Vox Media

Power User explores how technology and the internet are upending our lives and the world around us. Each week, tech journalist Taylor... more

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Episodes

Do you speak Brain Rot?

Over the past few months, the term “brain rot” has gone from essentially meaning chronically online, to a fully fledged... more

13 Jun 2024 · 43 minutes
Is it ever okay to film strangers in public? + Trump’s new TikTok + MrBeast hits #1

The record-breaking Instagram account @world_record_egg has returned to publicly express its support for Palestine. Trump joins TikTok and immediately amasses... more

06 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
Is a Tech Utopia a Dystopia for Everyone Else?

Meet the powerful centimillionaire who dreams of a sovereign San Francisco where tech millionaires wear gray T-shirts to signal their... more

30 May 2024 · 42 minutes
'Zombie Facebook' takes over + ScarJo vs OpenAI

Have you been on Facebook lately? It’s weird and overrun with bizarre, AI-generated, spammy clickbait. Jason Koebler, co-founder of 404... more

23 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Is the celebrity 'blockout' working? + TikTok creators sue the U.S.

This week, TikTok creators sue the US government over free speech, Bumble tells women to get busy, YouTube’s CEO wants... more

16 May 2024 · 33 minutes
What's up with Fake Podcast Ads, AI Audiobooks and the Audio Creator Economy?

Bloomberg’s Ashley Carman joins Taylor Lorenz to discuss the current state of audio and its creator economy. They discuss Spotify's impact and how close... more

09 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Are "Industry Plants" Real? + 'The Social Network' Sequel

Kanye West accused one of the most popular Twitch streamers, Kai Cenat, of being an “industry plant.” It perpetuated the... more

02 May 2024 · 36 minutes
Sell or Die. TikTok’s Sophie’s Choice + MKBHD on his viral ‘takedowns’

Today, President Biden signed a law banning TikTok, assuming it can't work out some long-shot deal to sell to a... more

24 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
Drake & Kendrick's AI Rap Beef + TikTokkers Against Biden

AI is causing chaos and confusion in pop music. Drake and Kendrick Lamar are feuding through diss tracks, but people... more

18 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
Is Social Media Destroying Kids’ Lives? + Elon’s Secret X Account

A moral panic has been emerging lately. People in the media, government, and across the internet are declaring that children... more

11 Apr 2024 · 48 minutes
Power User with Taylor Lorenz
Do you speak Brain Rot?
Power User with Taylor Lorenz