Function with Anil Dash

Function with Anil Dash

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A podcast about how technology shapes culture and communication.
Social Media, 20 Years Ago
Jan 14 • 62 min
On Function, our focus is about how technology has influenced culture and communications, and nothing encompasses the intersection of these concepts more than social media. It’s allowed us to express our innermost feelings, meet people that share our…
How Are Personal Finance Apps Changing Our Money Habits?
Jan 7 • 38 min
Saving money is at the top of a lot of people’s lists of new year’s resolutions. According to Fidelity Investments, nearly one-third of Americans want to make some type of money resolution for 2019. Maybe you want to pay down debt, or maybe you just want…
Digital Giving for Good
Dec 31, 2018 • 45 min
It’s the end of 2018, and charities and nonprofit organizations are gearing up for their most important fundraising campaign of the year. Over 30% of all annual giving occurs in December, with approximately 12% of giving happening in these final three…
Why Are Outdated Voting Machines Still Running U.S. Elections?
Dec 17, 2018 • 52 min
The 2018 midterm elections have wrapped up here in the U.S., and issues with voting machines are back in the news. It’s not a hanging chad situation like the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, but malfunctions, outdated tech, and talk of…
Behind the Rising Labor Movement in Tech
Dec 10, 2018 • 63 min
On November 1, 2018, thousands of Google employees around the world staged a mass walkout in protest of how the company handled claims of sexual misconduct. While this is not the first time we have seen protests at this scale, it does signal to the larger…
The Wild World of Podcast Ads
Dec 3, 2018 • 55 min
Squarespace, Mailchimp, Casper, Blue Apron; If you’re a regular podcast listener, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard ads from these companies. Podcasting’s reach has grown exponentially over the past few years, and companies like these are spending…
Why Are Copyrights on YouTube So Confusing?
Nov 26, 2018 • 35 min
YouTube is one of the most popular websites on the Internet, and millions of users upload all kinds of videos to it every day. Some of these are original productions, but there are also song covers, clips from television or movies, and lots of other…
Should Twitter Have an Edit Button?
Nov 19, 2018 • 60 min
If you’re an active Twitter user, you’ve probably made a typo or a mistake in a tweet before that you wish you could correct. You could delete the tweet and just write another one, or Twitter could create a feature that users have adamantly requested for…
How GIFs Became Embedded in Our Culture
Nov 12, 2018 • 63 min
Ah, the humble animated GIF. We use them on social media or in text messages as a way to signify a reaction, tell a story, or just to have a laugh. This week on Function, we explore the origins of GIFs; their place in internet culture; and why GIFs have…
What Makes the Apple Notes App Good for Apologies and Grocery Lists?
Nov 5, 2018 • 32 min
What does the latest celebrity mea culpa and your weekend shopping list have in common? If your answer is the Apple Notes app, then congratulations! You’re not alone. Apple Notes has become the de facto tool of choice for social media apologies. But why?…
What Does Epic Games Owe the Artists Who Inspire Fortnite Emotes?
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Epic Games’ Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world, and a big part of that popularity comes from their emotes — dances and other gestures which are used in the game as taunts or celebratory moves. However, many have called out Epic…
Introducing Function with Anil Dash
Oct 19, 2018 • 1 min
Anil Dash is a world-renowned technology expert and the CEO of Glitch. From the Obama White House to the Lower Eastside Girls Club, he’s spent decades advising people on the ways tech can transform government, society, and culture. On Function, he’ll…