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Now That You Mention It is a podcast that features Dane Gebauer and Kevin Morris, former philosophy students who met while working at a music news website, having critical discussions about hip hop, culture, identity, and more.

Now That You Mention It is a podcast that features Dane Gebauer and Kevin Morris, former philosophy students who met while working at a music news website, having critical discussions about hip hop, culture, identity, and more.
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United States

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Now That You Mention It is a podcast that features Dane Gebauer and Kevin Morris, former philosophy students who met while working at a music news website, having critical discussions about hip hop, culture, identity, and more.

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English


Episodes

Episode 12: "Go Kill Yourself": Constructive Criticism or Cyberbullying?

9/10/2019
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What is celebrity, and why do we exalt it? Is fame ever earned in a truly meritocratic way? What does it mean to be "famous for being famous"? Does everyone really, deep down, wanna be famous? And what's up with the trend of celebrities claiming they're victims of cyber-bullying? Can celebrities be victims of cyber-bullying? Things get confusing and surprisingly heated as Dane and Kev attempt to break down the bizarre world of celebrity. Opening segment: Hurricane Dorian turns out to be the...

Duration:01:24:46

Episode 11: A Penetrating Analysis of Porn or Something

9/3/2019
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Food porn, sneaker porn, car porn, design porn, penmanship porn, power washing porn, even, yes, "things cut in half" porn: what exactly is going on with the way we use the word "porn" today? According to philosophers C. Thi Nguyen and Bekka Williams, this new, generic sense of "porn" is applicable when we use images or other media for "immediate gratification" while "avoiding the complexities" of the actual thing. But are they right? Is "food porn" really used for immediate gratification, or...

Duration:00:57:20

Episode 10: How to Expose Trolls While Trolling

8/20/2019
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What exactly is an internet "troll"? Is trolling simply the act of posting inflammatory messages on the internet, or is there a subtler, more sophisticated art of trolling? Why do the trolls troll anyway? And how did trolling become a part of mainstream culture? Where once trolling was a behavior relegated exclusively to the internet, it's clear that the phenomenon has seeped its way into our offline lives as well: superstar celebrities troll their fans and detractors alike, multinational...

Duration:01:20:22

Episode 9: Spiritual Gangsters and Inspo Bros: A Critique

8/13/2019
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"We tell ourselves stories in order to live," reads the famous opening line of Joan Didion's 1979 book of essays, The White Album. In 2019, the line reads like prophesy: with the proliferation of social media, it almost seems like a truism to note that we're constantly writing and rewriting our lives, consuming the lives of others, imposing a narrative line on the raw experience of our day-to-day lives. But we can intentionally distort the story of our lives on social media, too (see: the...

Duration:01:07:07

Episode 8: A Lowbrow Analysis of Highbrow Art

8/6/2019
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What is the difference between "highbrow" and "lowbrow" art? Is there a distinction between the two at all, or are the categories just social constructions? Can certain genres have their own, built-in hierarchies of high brow and low brow? And how does the high vs. low distinction apply to hip-hop? Episode 8 of the Now That You Mention It podcast features Kevin and Dane arguing about elitism, populism, the properties of "high" vs. "low" art, MF DOOM, Kendrick Lamar, and more. As for the...

Duration:01:12:57

Episode 7: Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rapper

7/23/2019
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What does it take to be your favorite rapper's favorite rapper? On episode 7, Kevin and Dane theorize about how rappers are perceived amongst their peers, and argue-really argue-about the tension between artistic purity and commercial viability. Do rappers compromise their integrity if they consciously craft a radio-friendly song, or is that all part of the game? Is the main draw of signing to a major label the money, or the exposure-or is it a combination of both? But before that: Dane...

Duration:01:15:36

Episode 6: Oat Milk Lattes and Bullet Holes

7/16/2019
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It's hip to complain about gentrifiers. At the same time, it's hip to be one. But what is gentrification precisely--and more importantly, what are its causes and effects? Does gentrification have a moral valence? In other words: is gentrification a good thing or a bad thing? Can it even be classified along moral lines? And what is the effect of gentrification on urban authenticity? In the main segment of episode 6, Dane and Kevin cite the work of Richard Rothstein, Peter Marcuse, and more to...

Duration:01:11:16

Episode 5: On Some Bullshit

7/9/2019
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Everyone seems to agree that there's mad bullshit out there: social media is bullshit. Politics is bullshit. Punditry, in its many forms, is bullshit. But what exactly is bullshit, and why is there so much of it? Philosopher Harry Frankfurt thought he had a good idea, and here, Kevin and Dane break down his 1986 essay, "On Bullshit." What's the difference between lying and bullshitting? Is bullshit in some sense a necessary part of our social and professional lives? And who's worse: the...

Duration:01:08:28

Episode 4: The Ethics of Listening to R. Kelly

7/2/2019
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In the post #MeToo, post sort-of-revelatory-R-Kelly-documentary era, we're constantly confronted with the question: "Can you separate the art and the artist?" In episode 4, Dane and Kevin address the question head on, and attempt to answer a few more: is it morally permissible to consume art created by morally repugnant individuals? Does listening to an artist like Chris Brown signal our indifference to victims of assault? Should we "cancel" the work of Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, or...

Duration:00:59:14

Episode 3: What's Better Than One Billionaire?

6/25/2019
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Is it morally permissible to be a billionaire? Should the ultra-rich be expected to give their fortunes away? And in what sense are the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world truly deserving of their enormous wealth? In the third episode of the Now That You Mention It podcast, Dane and Kevin rant about Jeff Bezos, translate David Hume into modern parlance, and use the work of utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer as a backdrop for discussing the ethics of being a billionaire. Before that, though:...

Duration:00:53:44

Episode 2: The Philosophy of Hype ft. Will Jones

6/18/2019
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What is hype, and where does it come from? More broadly, what is fashion, and what do fashion choices say about the people who make them? Does fashion really communicate anything anything at all? And what the fuck is up with cats paying a stack for a Supreme hoodie? In this episode, Dane and Kevin dive into the philosophy of fashion, break down the concept of "cool", and wonder what it says about them that they both (occassionally) display hypebeast tendencies. In the main segment of the...

Duration:01:04:44

Episode 1: What Makes a Classic?

6/2/2019
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What are the criteria by which albums are deemed "classic"? Are there important differences between a classic album and a classic mixtape? Can a classic sound dated, or have bad songs? In the first episode of the Now That You Mention It podcast, Dane and Kevin attempt to answer all of the above questions, and more. Artists discussed in this episode include Isaiah Rashad, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Wu-Tang, the Diplomats, and DMX. Also: Kevin shouts out Tinashe, and...

Duration:01:02:56