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Episode 161 – Neopets

What do Scientology, internet preservation, and shady advertising for children have in common? Neopets! No, really.

What do Scientology, internet preservation, and shady advertising for children have in common? Neopets! No, really. We’re talking about the world’s greatest virtual pet site (probably), including how it functions as a sort of microcosm of life under capitalism. No, really.

Some Sources You Might Find Interesting:

The Neopets Addiction by David Kushner

The Org Board by WhatIsScientology

The “Org Board”: Hubbard’s Plan for Improving on “80 Trillion Years” of Management by Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos

Neopets Was Run By Scientologists by Sarah Bellman

How Neopets was sold to Scientologists by People Make Games

The Three at Fandom Wiki

404 Page Not Found by Kate Wagner

How Neopets Predicted the Future of the Social Internet by Claire McNear

Neopets’ black market pet controversy, explained by Polygon

Inside the Neopets ‘black market’ by Nicole Carpenter

Stealing the Age of Innocence: A Critique of the Commodification of Children’s Culture Through an Analysis of NeoPets by Rhon Teruelle

Neopoints, and Neo Economies: Emergent Regimes of Value in Kids Peer-to-Peer Networks by Mimi Ito and Heather Horst

Writing in the Wild: Writers’ Motivation In Fan-based Affinity Spaces by Jen Scott Curwood, Alecia Marie Magnifico and Jayne C. Lammers

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