I am born in 1994, so my adolescence happened during the heyday of the emergence of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. in the early 2010s. When I was teenager, I had completely unfettered access and use of social media (mostly Facebook, then later Instagram) which was a habit I maintained until around 2018. From that point onward, I deleted all social media from my phone except YouTube, and only access them from my desktop computer in a highly regimented and controlled manner. This has been extremely beneficial for my mental health, self confidence, anxiety, and self image, but sometimes I do have occasional relapses and reinstall Instagram on my phone again, or by replying to people on Reddit. Then eventually I have a horrible interaction with some nut on the internet, curse myself, and uninstall them again. I was wondering, as online creators, your businesses and careers depend on using social media. So what is your social media consumption like? Which platforms do you use, and how much do you use them? What kinds of barriers and rules do you setup for yourselves when using them? Do you have unfettered consumption, is it highly regimented, is it somewhere in between? By the way, a good book on this topic but also on the topic of addiction more broadly is Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke.
I won a few trips recently from my university, which is going to be great since I'm working class and usually can't afford to travel. I was wondering, what is the best place that each of you has travelled to? Or alternatively, just tell the audience a good story from a trip you had.
Marshall, do you find people constantly labeling you inaccurately one way or another politically? Also, I really appreciate your ability to put on different "hats" when talking to your guests to represent opposing views, regardless of your own perspective. For both of you, do you affiliate yourself with a particular strain of political ideology, politically homeless, or something else? What about your friends? Since the Trump era has begun, I have found myself progressively disenchanted with the two parties and the other "options" like the libertarian and the forward party. And I feel like my friends are feeling similar.
I've appreciated your content discussing the energy crisis, including a more thorough look into the difficulties eliminating fossil fuels and the future of nuclear power. Another topic that is less often discussed but equally important is the future of agriculture. I may not have this exactly right, but my understanding is that the soil in the all of the world's arable regions cannot sustain the output of foodstuffs required to feed the global population without being constantly replenished with nitrogen etc via fertilizer. The nitrogen used to make fertilizer comes almost exclusively from natural gas and results in carbon emissions. There is a movement going on to replace fertilizers derived from fossil fuels which has led to turmoil and famine in places like Sri Lanka just recently. Would you be interested in interviewing someone knowledgeable about the subject who can shed light on the challenges we are facing here and explain some of the better or worse outcomes we've seen so far and possible paths forward? Bonus points if they can also explain how we're going to deal with emissions from concrete/cement production.