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Expressively publishing on the open web since 1996.
Entranced by Portland, Oregon since 2017.

Fresh Fusion (pg. 2)

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In this possibly final episode of the show, I candidly share my struggles with creative identity and finding success in the "wrong" genre. I contemplate whether I should cancel Fresh Fusion and put greater effort behind other projects. And I wonder what makes sense as a creator in a year when I expect to be on the road more often than not. Should I stay or should I go?

Listen to Episode 77

Twitter vs. Meta (A Tale of Two Social Networks)

My kids are obsessed with "Squid Game" — even though they've (obviously!) never seen the show. "You" has taken over Netflix Top 10. Twitter vs. Meta: I'm amazed at the shockingly different trajectory these two companies are taking. The social media landscape is fracturing and it's no longer Facebook/Twitter as a monolithic duo. Let's do a deep dive into just how much Twitter has grown and changed since Jack Dorsey become CEO. Episode 75—here we go!

Listen to Episode 75

MaxBook Pro & The Podcasts I Love

Apple's latest and greatest M1-powered MacBooks (MaxBooks?) are here, and Jared wonders if there's anything left for Mac nerds to be upset about when it seems like Apple has fulfilled all their wishes. (For a hefty price of course!) Plus a special rundown of all of Jared's favorite podcasts he frequently listens to and why they're worthy of your attention. Hmm, sounds like…a Fresh Fusion Reaction! 🤓

Listen to Episode 74

Sex Appeal, Heteronormativity, and White Supremacy in Algorithms

In today's episode, I step through some follow-up and a few items of note I've been tracking (such as the gorgeous Nikon Z fc retro-style camera!) before kicking off a rant about the ways algorithms privilege the already privileged instead of favoring content off the beaten path. Apparently you're likely to do quite well on YouTube if you're young, white, cis, "attractive", and so forth…but what about the rest of us?

Listen to Episode 72

Why I Started Creator Class (a Newsletter)

Creator Class is my new newsletter all about the challenges and rewards of being an underpaid content creator building an audience one connection at a time. In today's episode of Fresh Fusion, I talk about why I decided to rebrand and refocus my newsletter and why it's so important to highlight conversations around motivation and ethics in content creation. (Also why I'm ditching YouTube and going back to an audio-only format!)

Listen to Episode 68

O Patreon, You Done Me Wrong

I opened the Patreon mobile app on my iPhone. I looked at the feed. Suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, POOF! A bunch of the creators I follow vanished. Gone. Out of this world. Did they suddenly shut down all their accounts? Was there a rapture and I wasn’t notified? No, it was none of those things. Patreon just had a temporary snafu billing my debit card, and because of that, I was unceremoniously placed in fan purgatory with little elucidation of my crimes. This wasn’t a temporary user experience glitch. This was a UX disaster. And yet, buried in their help center, Patreon states this is exactly how they handle such matters. Boo! Creators and fans deserve better.

Listen to Episode 67

Meet the New Normal, Same as the Old Normal?

This is me stumbling my way through an episode all about systemic racism in zoning laws and white supremacist policies harming disenfranchised minorities, and how I was raised to believe affluent suburban neighborhoods are the American Dream. While the global pandemic has been horrifying and so very hard to stomach, perhaps we can also see it as a much-needed opportunity to accept just how much work remains to be done to bring liberty and justice to all. We shouldn't ever want to go "back to normal" if the new normal could be oh so much better.

Listen to Episode 66

Portland: Paradise or Perdition?

This is a deeply personal episode. I spent most of my life within a 60 miles radius of where I was born. That all changed when I relocated to the Portland, Oregon metro area. I came here on a fact-finding mission in 2017 and fell head-over-heels in love with the place. It's no accident in the slightest that the most creative period in my entire life has transpired right here in Portland. I guess that's why it's a real sore spot for me when I see Portland dragged through the mud in the press—not to mention the whole concept of living in a dense urban environment. Are moving to the suburbs really the answer to the challenges of pandemic living? Does living in a "hip" city really have any influence on high-level creativity and artistic scope? Tune in to hear my story and my take.

Listen to Episode 65

Is There a Place for Tumblr in 2021?

Tumblr is a social media platform heralding from a different time…the era of “Web 2.0”, when oodles of visual customization features were a given and open functionality like RSS feeds were compulsory. Yahoo! and Verizon nearly drove Tumblr to an early grave, but with the acquisition by Automattic, there is hope yet. Can Tumblr survive—nay—thrive in 2021? Jared White investigates.

Listen to Episode 64

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