IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

IRL - Online Life Is Real Life

Published by: Firefox, backed by Mozilla
41 Episodes | First Released: Jun 12 '17
Our online life is real life. We walk, talk, work, LOL and even love on the Internet – but we don’t always treat it like real life. Host Manoush Zomorodi explores this disconnect with stories from the wilds of the Web, and gets to the bottom of online issues that affect us all. Whether it’s privacy breaches, closed platforms, hacking, fake news, or cyber bullying, we the people have the power to change the course of the Internet, keeping it ethical, safe, weird, and wonderful for everyone. IRL is an original podcast from Firefox, the tech company backed by Mozilla that believes privacy isn’t a policy. It’s a right.
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Fabian.Cloud
Oct 30 '19
Rating:   10
The very best in tech/life

Unique and compelling information that will leave you craving for more. It balances so well the relationship between technology and everyday life, how it affect us and how the future is developing. It is one of my favorite podcasts of all time.

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Cueldo
Sep 24 '19
Rating:   10
IRL is entertaining, informative, and slightly addictive

Every episode leaves me compelled to dig in even deeper to the topics discussed. Manoush is absolutely fantastic. Thanks Firefox and Mozilla! Keep it up.

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roster_8
Aug 6 '19
Rating:   10
IRL

Excellent!

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curious!?!
Apr 6 '19
Rating:   10
Simple connection

I am just a regular every day person, I am far behind the regular, I don’t want to lose data in other ways. I already hate google and have added Firefox Mozilla, and joined Mastodon. So what are other things I should do besides delete my Facebook.

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cider-fan
Feb 6 '19
Rating:   10
Great resource

Really love their insights and helping me navigate the virtual/real world. Seems questions I’ve always wondered about keep getting answered here - uncanny.

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Chel Cunningham
Jan 21 '19
Rating:   10
Eye Opening

It's really eye opening to get a deeper prespective of our online lives. It's even better that it's entertaining as well. Really enjoying this podcast and I'm looking forward to more episodes. Also forever freed myself from Facebook after listening to the one about how addicted we are to our devices. Thank you!

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CalMillner
Jan 19 '19
Rating:   4
Too surface-level and one-sided

The idea behind this podcast is sound and comes from an organization that has a pretty good reputation for supporting their ideas. But there is way too much political discussion in this podcast when there are so many challenging technical and business reasons why a lot of consumer digital technology is the way it is today. They could have spent more time talking about the hows and why, but instead this is no different than any uninformed nonsense you can find on the front page of Slate.There is a ton of bashing on white people throughout these episodes as well, which I found ironic and hypocritical. They spend half an episode talking about how the reason Twitter and Facebook are prone to spreading misinformation is because they're developed by white people (which isn't really even true). Sometimes I wonder if the narrator and her guests hear themselves talking. Mozilla's dev shop is filled with white people too; maybe they should fire them all if they're so incapable because of their skin color.

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SttKilda
Jan 19 '19
Rating:   10
Worth Your Time

I just started listening with Season 4 but I'm really enjoying the podcast. I learn something valuable each and every episode. Manoush is the best!

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MondoArmando
Jan 17 '19
Rating:   2
Bring back Veronica Belmont boooooo

This show has so gone downhill since Veronica Belmont left. Veronica brought some interesting topics and was fun and funny to listen to. This new chick Manoush you can tell is nowhere near as net savvy as Veronica. Veronica talked about important things like net neutrality and what you do when you get hacked. Manoush is practically talking about how to open a browser and visit websites. Why Mozilla pick a super unqualified person who knows practically nothing about the Internet is beyond me. From what I understand Manoush is a successful producer, not a qualified person of any type to be talking about the web.

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Bigbearmdb
Jan 12 '19
Rating:   2
Ugh

This podcast started out promising, but somehow I just got hoodwinked into listening to a half hour commercial for Pocket, which is owned by Mozilla, the company who makes this podcast. Lame. Unsubscribing.

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LuluTearra
Dec 18 '18
Rating:   10
Lovin' this season

I really like Manoush's quirky yet journalisticy take on all things Internet...I'm finally starting to get this Interwebs thing!

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acao
Dec 17 '18
Rating:   10
New host Manoush knows humanity and knows tech

I love love LOVE the new host Manoush and the way she weaves tech reporting, her genuine curiosity and human stories into episodes that really elevate my understanding of the tech world and its impact on everyday people. IRL has really upped its game in a year when tech is under siege for betraying the trust of users. Wonderful first few episodes. Can’t wait for the rest of the season.

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Singinhinny
Dec 16 '18
Rating:   2
unbearable

This was so full of meaningless chat and waffle that I only managed 2 minutes. It appeared that she didn't have enough material for a full show, so used a lot of padding. It may get better later on, (the other reviews are stratospheric - unwarrantably in my view) so I guess it must have some kernels of good information. I thought it was going to be more like a radio TED talk: concise and informative. It wasn't. If you like a sweet American drawly voice meandering on about not much, this is for you. I shall seek elsewhere for information about how to keep myself safe online. (Do tell me if I missed the point and it wasn't about that.)

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lancer24000774
Dec 14 '18
Rating:   2
Mr.Gordon

Far too much talking, just get to the point. They were waffling on with no real information. RUBBISH

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SouthernRunner
Dec 10 '18
Rating:   10
Great show, great information

I’ve learned so much from this podcast. The internet and staying secure while using it, is a challenge for everyone. This show gives me lots of easy to understand, practical tips to help. Thanks so much!

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Bandi SF
Nov 27 '18
Rating:   6
What happened to Veronica Belmont?

I liked IRL because Veronica is truly of the internet generation. I was more than a little disappointed to hear Manoush Zamarodi's voice from Note to Self when I started listening to the latest season. This is not because Manoush isn't a great reporter, but because she's old school. She never even tried social media herself (okay, maybe some Instagram). I mean, I get her, because I think a lot of the same things, and I like Note to Self. But Veronica always showed me something new and without the Gen-X paranoia. I guess I'll be hanging out over at Reply All where the podcast is still about people and the internet and not people telling me what I should think about the internet.

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JoeMc2nd
Oct 18 '18
Rating:   8
My thoughts

I am a retired political scientist. I live in Washington, D.C. I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. Information on electoral politics has gone a long, long way since I left the undergraduate classroom in 2002. This bundle of online journalism is FANTASTIC. Today’s generation of students, regrettably, is more likely to consume podcasts like this, because THEY DON’T HAVE TO READ. The podcast enables them to passively consume information WITHOUT having to put forth much effort. Let’s call this “passive information consumption,” which does not involve very much effort. The empirical questions are (1) how closely have the listeners listen?; and (2) what have the listeners learned? Does this medium more effectively facilitate learning than more traditional active reading? This is an empirical question for media savvy learning theorists, which I am not. While I like this podcast-based approach, learning involves WORK and putting forth effort, e.g., close listening and note taking. It’s analogous to listening to a more traditional lecture. The positive is that you can replay the podcast to check your recollection. The world is changing; I like the new model of information dissemination.

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Hamster Calhoon
Sep 1 '18
Rating:   10
Perfectly Relevant and Always Interesting

IRL with Veronica Belmont is one of my most favorite podcasts. I've listened to every episode and they're worth listening to more than once. This is one of the very few podcasts hat I have set my podcast player (Pocket Casts) to notify me when a new one is available. Veronica is a pleasant and engaging podcaster, who discusses timely topics of interest that easily grab your attention because of their relevance – a healthier online experience. Great podcast! Thanks Veronica and thanks Mozilla!

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Create Nicknamexdgctgfhbh
Mar 10 '18
Rating:   10
Great light doses of info & fun

Awesome job Veronica and the whole team/Mozila

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CavallageriFC
Mar 3 '18
Rating:   10
Great, informative podcast

Wasn't sure how interesting this would be, but I was wrong. I really enjoy each episode. It's well hosted by Veronica and discusses interesting and thought provoking subjects. I never realised there were so many issues around online life.

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