Gimlet Media’s Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt use the internet to tell stories about the internet.
We no longer visit the internet, we live on the internet.
It makes sense therefore that various forms of media exist to help us navigate and understand it’s nuances. The team at Reply All do a commendable job of delivering stories about the internet that are entertaining and engaging.
There’s the fascinating story of Mike and Christina who have to learn to live with streams of people turning up at their door looking for their stolen phones. There’s a glimpse into human nature that drives people who so desperately want to change the past they truly believe a classified ad offering to travel back in time.
Of course there are the occasional misses. In ‘Milk Wanted’ they attempt to shine a light into a dark corner of the internet where breast milk is traded only to find it’s more complex than first thought. Or, when one of the hosts tries to lift his productivity by microdosing LSD, only to miscalculate the micro part of his dose, it does predictably become a cautionary tale. It was always doubtful that story was going to finish with a glowing endorsement to go forth and drug yourself to success.
So while this is a show about the internet, it’s not a place to get your geek fix. There’s no talk of HTML 5 or making money online here. The stories are about real people with actual relationships and emotions. They just happen to play out online. Where we all now live.