Reply All: #29 The Takeover
June 24, 2015 11:06 PM - Subscribe

Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible - a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existant office.
posted by Tevin (14 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I absolutely loved this episode! What a perfect encapsulation of how things start out cool and then become popular and get ruined.
posted by xingcat at 7:44 AM on June 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

Nobody wants their Facebook page taken over by dad jokes.
posted by maxsparber at 9:29 AM on June 25, 2015

I would love my facebook page to be taken over by dad jokes /continually lame
posted by dinty_moore at 12:24 PM on June 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

This was the podcast equivalent of my youngin' putting on my hiking boots and saying "Look at me, I'm a daddy!"

posted by Tevin at 1:45 PM on June 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

I loved everything about this story. That is all.
posted by that's candlepin at 8:40 AM on June 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Funny, this one didn't do it for me. Maybe it just made me feel old (early 30's).
posted by radioamy at 12:03 PM on June 26, 2015

I did love the fact that the teens all knew the corporate-speak.
posted by radioamy at 12:21 PM on June 26, 2015

Not only did they know corporate-speak, they basically built an actual culture indistinguishable from the office culture they were mocking and actively defended it against change! And then there was a messy leadership transition and the founder now hates his old company! And the old company pays lip service to his "vision!" It's FUCKING PERFECT!
posted by that's candlepin at 12:51 PM on June 26, 2015

Wow. That came out more strident than I intended it. I got caught up in it. Sorry.
posted by that's candlepin at 12:52 PM on June 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Haha that's candlepin, that was totally accurate.
posted by radioamy at 4:23 PM on June 26, 2015

(A side note: I like that the interhost banter has come back from the brink of seemingly unselfaware meanspiritedness.)
posted by nobody at 6:27 PM on June 26, 2015

really enjoyable, one of their best episodes I think. I loved the comment near the end that the kid is saying how much the adult world sucks, and his description is actually fairly accurate. I really liked the kid, how he was aware he was raging against the machine but would inevitably become a part of it.
posted by skewed at 8:33 PM on June 26, 2015

This one was just utterly delightful, primarily due to Thomas's hysterical, winning personality... I LOVED his bleak, Mumford-&-Sons-and-pad-thai vision of adult life.
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:19 AM on June 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed this episode a lot had it not kept using the word "lame" again and again and again. It would probably have been a close second to the girl scout one, but -- ugh.

(I don't know why all my comments about this podcast seem to be negative when actually I enjoy it.)
posted by jeather at 11:56 AM on July 4, 2015

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