#62 Bridget Todd (There Are No Girls On the Internet): 2+2 = applesauce, bringing chaos, three-way phone calls

Follow Friday

Jun 3 2022 • 54 mins

https://www.tangoti.com/ (There Are No Girls on The Internet) is an award-winning podcast about people who have always been at the forefront of technology, but whose stories are often ignored or misrepresented. That's a big and sometimes contentious field, and TANGOTI host Bridget Todd says it's important to make space for everyone to work through difficult conversations about inclusion, rather than expecting everyone to "get it" right away. "I've been in social change movements for a long time and I do think we have this expectation that we expect people to show up with the right ethos and the right language and the right perspective," Bridget says. "And I get that, but I also feel like it doesn't leave room to hear the messy conversations of how people become smarter, better, more nuanced, and more thoughtful." Today on Follow Friday, she explains how to use social media when disinformation is circulating after a tragedy, how she has evolved her thinking about politics online, why she's optimistic about a new online platform for the first time in a while, and much more. She also shares four great follow recommendations: Early podcaster and co-host of https://uhhyeahdude.com/ (Uhh Yeah Dude) Jonathan Larroquette (@jonathanlarroquette on Instagram); political pundit and former The View co-host Meaghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain on https://twitter.com/MeghanMcCain (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/meghanmccain/ (Instagram)); comedy writer and Showtime TV star Ziwe (https://twitter.com/ziwe (@Ziwe) on Twitter); and Somewhere Good CEO Naj Austin (https://www.instagram.com/najaustin/ (@najaustin) on Instagram and https://twitter.com/najjmahal (@najjmahal) on Twitter). And on https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (Follow Friday's Patreon page), you can unlock an extended version of this interview in which Bridget shares a fifth bonus follow recommendation! Thank you to our amazing patrons: Jon, Justin, Amy, Yoichi, Danielle, Elizabeth, and Sylnai. Also: Follow Bridget https://twitter.com/BridgetMarie (@BridgetMarie) on Twitter and https://www.instagram.com/bridgetmarieindc/ (@BridgetMarieInDC) on Instagram Follow us @FollowFridayPod on https://twitter.com/followfridaypod (Twitter) and https://www.instagram.com/followfridaypod/ (Instagram) Leave a review: https://lovethepodcast.com/followfriday (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) Follow Eric https://twitter.com/HeyHeyESJ (@heyheyesj) on Twitter Email us! hello@followfridaypodcast.com This show is a production of Lightningpod.fm, hosted and produced by Eric Johnson Music: https://www.fiverr.com/yonamarie (Yona Marie) Show art: https://www.fiverr.com/dodiihr (Dodi Hermawan) Social media producer: Sydney Grodin