Fireside Friends is a podcast that discusses various forms of media and how they reflect our lives. Hosts Ryan, Allen, and Kaity get together every couple of weeks to talk about a piece of media that interests them, whether it's a film, short story, comic book, or video game.
Regardless of what we are talking about, Fireside Friends is a podcast that welcomes thoughtful discussion and fun times. Cuddle up, grab a hot beverage, and enjoy.
This month, the Fireside Friends crew gathers in a circle around the fire for discussions about how technology fits into our lives. In our first segment, Jen Unkle joins us as we discuss navigating social media and how to manage time in our capitalist hellscape. In our second segment, we discuss The Circle! We talk about how it tackles topics of social media addiction, the oversharing of personal information online, and the growing surveillance state. To top things off, we dig into select sections of the novel that The Circle is based on, bringing everything full circle and embarrassing author Dave Eggers in the process.
CW: We discuss Doki Doki Literature Club, which (poorly) handles themes of anxiety, self-harm, and suicide. We also touch on the transphobia present within the game’s fanbase.
Fireside Friends returns with the original crew and a new format! In our first segment, we talk about anime, various visual novels, and recount our experiences with attending gaming and science fiction conventions. In our second segment, we discuss Doki Doki Literature Club! We focus on the way the game approaches the topic of mental health, the shattering of the game’s fourth wall, and its toxic community
Ryan and Allen take one final look back at 2017 and discuss their favorite media discussed on and off the podcast, their biggest disappointments, and their biggest surprises before looking ahead to what they’re excited for in the New Year.
Next month’s shared experience is Doki Doki Literature Club!
Joel Bocko joins us to discuss Lost Highway. We talk about how the film uses its two protagonists to explore themes of exploitation by the hands of abusive men. We also discuss David Lynch’s use of VHS horror, as well as question his depictions of absurd house parties. Finally, we examine the film in the context of Lynch’s entire filmography.