Perusing the Podverse: The Ink Panthers Show! 124 (aka The Internet as Psychopath)

The Ink Panthers Show is an example of a particular category of podcasts that, generally, I like the idea of more than the reality.  You might call it the ‘garage podcast’.  Friends just getting together, talking about stuff and putting it out on the internet for everyone to hear.

The friends in this case are Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson.  They happen to be comics creators, so a certain amount of their talk (and most of their occasional guests) are comic-related in one way or another, but on the whole it’s just them talking about stuff that’s happened to them, or that they’ve seen.  It’s generally not very serious, occasionally N quite SFW, now and again just a little politically incorrect.

What makes the show, for me, is that special ingredient without which no show like this can thrive: the chemistry between the two main hosts.  A lot of their humour is self-deprecating, which also appeals to me.

This particular episode, The Ink Panthers Show 124, gets the (dubious) honour of being mentioned mainly for its second half, in which they discuss psychopaths.  They inadvertently, through the application of the accepted diagnostic psychopathy checklist, discover that the internet itself is technically psychopathic.  I just thought this was funny, because of how creepily precise is the match between the criteria and the behaviour displayed on (certain parts of) the internet.

I mean, here – culled from Wikipedia – are the ‘core personality traits of psychopathy':

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning/manipulative
  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Shallow affect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
  • Callousness/lack of empathy
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Sounds like the internet to me. Totally.

They then go on to talk about flying, riffing off this specific clip:

Which, I have to say, looks decidedly improbable but isn’t an obvious fake, so who knows?  Also interesting in that I don’t speak German, but it seems pretty obvious that the guy’s swearing in his excitement at the end, and I never knew German swearing sounded so much like English swearing (although it makes sense, since I knew the the word in question was very old and pretty much the definition of the phrase ‘Anglo-Saxon’).  You learn something new every day.

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2 comments

  1. Wilfred’s avatar

    The guy flying like a bird is Dutch, not German. Calling a Dutchman German is like saying you sound awfully English to a Scotsman. :D

    Anyway, he sadly admitted that it’s fake. It would have been nice had it been real.

  2. Brian’s avatar

    I am shamed by my cultural and linguistic insensitivity – I know how the Dutch feel about being mistaken for Germans, and (normally) can actually tell the difference between spoken Dutch and German. I can only apologise unreservedly to anyone offended by my apparent inability to pay attention!

    I’m not surprised it turned out to be a fake: always looked – to put it mildly – phsyically implausible to me, but I thought it was a fun little clip and it’s done quite well. I guess the dream of cheap flying machines for all remains just that … a dream. Oh well.

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