• Geoff Sharpe

Left Twitter with Rob Rousseau


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Twitter. It’s either the best social network, or responsible for our broken political system.

 

Beyond all the hyperbole, Twitter serves as a special place for progressives. More so than many other social network, it’s helped create and build awareness about a new generation of leftists who otherwise wouldn’t have a platform. 


In this episode, I talked to Rob Rousseau. If you follow leftist Twitter, you’ll have inevitably seen Robs’ account going viral. Rob is part of that new generation of leftists that are harnessing Twitter to build new and exciting leftist media.


I talked to Rob about how he built his audience, how he used his audience to launch other media, which we talk about, the struggle all of us face for turning twitter fans into subscribers, how the leftist twitter community is shaping mainstream corporate media and whether the left can win without building an alternative to corporate media. Follow Rob on Twitter and check out his shows 49th Parallel, The Insurgents and Big Rings Pod. Make sure to support Rob's incredible work on Patreon Contents 1:48 - How Rob built his Twitter following 11:56 - Is Twitter good or bad for the left 15:35 - Managing mental health 18:10 - Rob’s different shows 23:26 - Growing online leftist communities and the importance of working together 26:30 - Turning Twitter fans into subscribers 30:45 - Discord, merch and community building 34:30 - Canada’s podcasting ecosystem 36:02 - How the left is shaping news and media 39:36 - Canada vs US leftist media 43:38 - Can the left win without building an alternative to corporate media?


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