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Downlowd: The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News

Joe Scott

Downlow.d is a deep dive audio documentary series that explores the morally complicated, occasionally inspiring and often forgotten oral histories of the internet. Support this podcast:

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With his latest book The He-Man Effect: How American Toymakers Sold You Your Childhood, documentary graphic novelist Brian 'Box' Brown tells a story about how corporations essentially brainwashed an entire generation of children to trade their imagin... more

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Former AICN writer Alan Cerny, aka Nordling, talks with Joe Scott about his experiences with The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles, and shares what he liked and didn't like about the show. Alan also speaks to why he chose NOT to listen to the interview ... more

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Executive producer Kristina Bell returns to talk with Joe about reactions to the interview with Harry Knowles, updates within the world of AICN, and wrapping the first season of their show. Plus a deleted 'wedding scene' from Episode Seven. --- Suppo... more

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After the conclusion of The Rise and Fall of Harry Knowles and Ain't It Cool News, we are sharing excerpts from a 2021 conversation with Harry Knowles. During this talk, we try to find out what - if anything - the once pioneering webmaster learned fr... more

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3.8 out of 5 stars from 128 ratings
  • If you were a fan of AICN, this is an eye opening trip down memory lane

    Great podcast. Kept me engaged the entire time. Appreciate the hard work and thought that went into this project. Well done.

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    United States10 months ago
  • Interesting but flawed

    There’s an important tale to be told here and the series manages it for the most part but the host sprinkles their biases too unashamedly throughout (the nauseating fellating of the mediocre writer Drew McWeeny, and the weird and unnecessarily hostile and unconnected rants regarding some film makers whiles praising other equally middling talents). Ultimately, it does hit more than it misses but I feel it could have been much better and am not inclined to listen to anything else the host does fro... more

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    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Mildly interesting until midway thru ep 9

    When he veers into ridiculously biased and uninformed political bias…

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Thoroughly researched, really well produced

    As someone who frequented AICN (though not as a talkbacker) and even had my work featured on there, I found this an incredibly engaging and insightful retelling of that period of the internet, and the (often terrible) legacy related to it.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Joe Is Annoying But Not Wrong

    Yes, “white male nerd rage” is a thing and still prevalent on the internet. That is true. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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