Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: talk radio for the sane.
In a recent piece for The Guardian, writer Lindy West explains her reasons for leaving Twitter: “I’ve left Twitter. It is unusable for anyone but trolls, robots and dictators.” West discusses the oft-toxic nature of the ubiquitous social media platform, details her own harassment by shitty Twitter users, and bemoans the company’s lack of action in cracking down on hate speech and abuse. Meanwhile, in a piece for The Ringer, Victor Luckerson declares “the end of tech optimism,” writing: “The ones being disrupted are no longer far-off companies that simply failed to adapt. It’s all of us.” So, in an era of presidential Twitter trolls and fake news on Facebook, is there any hope for the internet and social media, or are the utopian promises made by tech companies forever broken? Ryan, Evan, and Matt discuss.