Technology is (still) shaping culture. Function Podcast breaks it down.

Get ready: Function returns October 2, 2019 with a new season of episodes that shed light on the ways technology shapes culture and changes the world around us.

The first season of the acclaimed podcast hosted by Glitch CEO Anil Dash covered the attribution of popular dances on Fortnite, why people use Apple Notes as a tool for apologizing, and the rise of digital giving for good. Toward the end of the first season, Dash held a conversation with some of the pioneers of the social Web – Bruce Ableson (founder of Open Diary), Lisa Phillips (former senior system administrator at LiveJournal), and Andrew Smales (founder of Diaryland).

In Season 2, Dash talks with authors, advocates, and developers about a topic that plagues us all: can we trust the internet?

"For as much discussion as there is around tech, not enough people are talking about how it's changing the world around us,” Dash says. “We're going to dive deep in this season of Function, and I think people are really going to love the conversation.”

We begin the conversation with Dash’s very personal look at mental health and how we can reclaim our sanity from technology; and sit with advocates throughout the season like Emily Ladau to focus on how design bias leaves the disabled community out of the conversation.

Season 2 also follows up on popular Season 1 episodes about GIF culture with a conversation about GIFS as blackface with Teen Vogue’s Lauren Michelle Brown. In true Anil Dash fashion, we dive into Prince’s relationship with technology with people closest to him. Just when you need it the most, we wrap up the season with a guide to social media and the 2020 election.

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