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By Marcus K. Dowling
This podcast obsesses over history, appreciates the present, and loves the future.
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The "Only Fans Revolution" Edition
In just five years, OnlyFans -- a UK-based content subscription service -- has emerged from relative obscurity to a site that one in every hundred citizens of the world has perused as a creator or consumer. The real push here? Sex. Yes, just two decades after the membership sex site dot com boom of the turn of the 21st century, the access to creating and paywalling salacious exclusive content has democratized. In the midst of a global pandemic wherein erotic, sexualized touching was deemed highly unwise (and potentially lethal), the site's fortunes blossomed exponentially. Now, post-COVID, what occurs when everyone's potential immorality -- from sex workers to unemployed citizens of the world earning a living wage from the site -- is faced with a world attempting to restart itself. Has OnlyFans pushed our puritanical idealism of interpersonal socialization into a wild new age? If so, how do we evolve?
March 27, 2021
The "Whither America's Restaurants Post-COVID" Edition
Prior to March 2020, America's restaurant industry was experiencing unprecedented success, raking in nearly $1 trillion in net revenue. In cities like Washington, DC, sales taxes from food sold in restaurants was earning America's Nation's Capital $2 billion in annual revenue. Ultimately, for many restaurant owners, the industry was a guaranteed cash cow, as with some level of dedicated work, the potential existed to become a millionaire in under five years' time. Given the state of the United States economy, this is a stunning occurrence that has not occurred in over a half-century. However, COVID-19 could DRASTICALLY impact America's restaurants, closing 90% of all establishments a year post-COVID. In this episode, we examine what the restaurant industry will look like in the era following the coronavirus pandemic: how many restaurants will be open, what types of food will be served, and if some of America's impressive pre-COVID food culture advancements will remain?
March 19, 2021
The "Cautious Celebration of the DIY Marketplace" Edition
Do-it-yourself, work-from-home crafters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic increased the market for the industry related to home made and sourced handicrafting 100% in 2020. With vaccinations and a "new normal" featuring a restrained commercial outlook, what is the future of the nearly three-decade old DIY maker industry?
March 12, 2021
The "Need for Black and Brown Unity in America" Edition
As America faces its most sociopolitically divergent era, cross-ethnic solidarity between Africans, African-Americans, Latinos and Afro-Latinos could be necessary for both citizens and governments to achieve. In this episode, highlighting how this occurs is the goal.
March 5, 2021
The "Short Story of My Self-Motivation" Edition
13 years into my career as a full-time freelance cultural creative, I contemplate what wakes me up in the morning, keep me going, and succeed at raising my level of potential success.
February 26, 2021
The "State of Online Journalism" Edition
As the internet continues to grow in inverse proportion to the profitability of the resources it creates, what will be the fate of journalists -- at one time the medium's most lucrative creatives -- as the value of words-as-content dwindles.
February 19, 2021
The "Why Sex, Why Now" Edition
Does 50 years of history highlight how the sex industry -- by buying into, but not selling out to the American economy -- can save the post-COVID United States?
February 12, 2021
The "Short Story of How The EDM Bubble Exploded" Edition
Within just five years of entering the marketplace as a journalist in 2008, Marcus K. Dowling saw a $10 billion dollar industry emerge around electronic dance music. However, by the end of the decade, he realized that these economic gains were dissipating rapidly. Why this occurred and how EDM can repair itself are discussed, here.
February 5, 2021
The "Donald Trump's Legacy" Edition
Was Donald Trump's presidency just a celebration of his pop culture dominance and relevancy? Or, is it possible that his legacy will involve continuing to be an outside agitator in American politics?
January 29, 2021
The "Promise and Failure of Washington, DC" Edition
This is how America's one-time Chocolate City and Nation's Capital continues to lose, discover, and redefine itself. However, has this occurred so many times in so many ways that the city has "lost itself," forever? How can other cities avoid being befallen by the same fate?
January 22, 2021
The "Essential Wisdom of Professional Wrestling" Edition
Yes, it's true. Donald Trump was both the 45th US President as well as being a WWE Hall of Famer. Moreover, his deep understanding of carny hucksterism colored his presidency. Can wrestling over come real life eclipsing it's defining absurdities existing as American political principles and continue to exist as our best American way to define our most surreal reality?
January 15, 2021
The "Why Rap Music Is Irrelevant" Edition
Is hip-hop-as-culture's impact on every facet of our lives potentially allowing rap-as-music to lose relevancy in society? Does how we live our hip-hop saturated lives trump how much we appreciate our favorite rap songs as music? Have you considered this idea? If not, keep listening...
January 8, 2021
The "If We Solve Country Music, We Solve America" Edition
Join Marcus as he discusses the convergence of country music embracing equity and diversity and the United States embracing unity and freedom.
January 1, 2021