CONTROL SHIFT PODCAST

Political Analysis of the 2024 Election Cycle 

Cohosted by

Joan Donovan & Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Femi and Joan met at UCLA in 2015, where he was finishing his PhD In Philosophy and she was a post-doc at the Institute for Society and Genetics. Working with a group of local activists known as "the undercommons," they helped obtain resources for mutual aid projects on and off campus. Femi and Joan both departed LA in 2017 to begin their academic careers and have remained good friends. 

This podcast will address how the culture of the internet changes political campaigns and how politics shape technology.

COMING SOON!

CONTROL SHIFT IS A WEEKLY PODCAST EXAMINING THE USE (AND ABUSE) OF TECHNOLOGY IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. 

Featuring segments such as meme of the week, worst of the Internet, audience talkback, and interviews with politicians, staffers, and grassroots activists, this new show is an imaginative take on local and national politics and how internet culture is changing traditional political campaigns. We delve into discussions of contemporary political theories addressing why the left can't meme and how fringe groups capture the attention of politicians, journalists, and influence media agendas. It's a must-listen for those who want to know more about how technologies are used to advance different wedge issues from the bottom up.

BIOGRAPHIES

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published in academic journals ranging from Public Affairs Quarterly, One Earth, Philosophical Papers, and the American Philosophical Association newsletter Philosophy and the Black Experience.

Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial thought, German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist thinkers.

His public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism, has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review, Dissent, The Appeal, Slate, Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Aeon, and Foreign Policy.

He is the author of Elite Capture and Reconsidering Reparations.

Joan Donovan is an assistant professor of journalism and emerging media studies at Boston University. Dr. Donovan examines internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. She is the coauthor of Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America with Emily Dreyfuss and Brian Friedberg.