This Podcast Convinced Me to Download TikTok

I lasted a whole 48 hours before deleting it again

Amanda Kay Oaks
4 min readJul 8, 2022


Photo by Melanie Pongratz on Unsplash

If there is one thing I’m good at, it’s becoming deeply obsessed with things. Once I decide to love something, I talk about it all the time, regardless of how much anyone else actually cares. It’s one of the reasons I am so fun at parties.

Recently, one of my favorite podcasts came to an end — for now. As an actual play Pathfinder podcast, The Glass Cannon had to end some time, and they reached the end of their Giantslayer campaign around episode 325. Several years of listening to the same thing every Tuesday morning and suddenly, it was over.

If you’re wondering whether I cried while listening to the finale, the answer is — duh.

But the point is, I was in the market for a new podcast with an extensive back catalog that I could dive into headfirst. And, upon the recommendation of a friend, I found one.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) is a podcast about internet culture, hosted by two hilarious women who deep dive into various online happenings. Because TikTok is so big right now, many of the episodes center around TikTok, a world that is mysterious to me as someone who (until recently) had never been on the app.

This podcast came to me during a long weekend when my husband was out of town. I also happened to be doing the final virtual race with my online running club, which meant my primary activity for the weekend would be walking. You know what goes great with walking? Racing through the back catalog of a podcast like it’s your job.

When I find a new podcast, I scroll all the way to the beginning and listen from there. It’s the only way I can be sure I’m not missing any inside jokes or back catalog references, both common occurances on podcasts. This was an interesting way to approach a show about internet culture, which moves at lightning speed.

ICYMI began in March 2021, so I got to remember such phenomena as the Cinnamon Toast Shrimp incident and the few week period where everyone was obsessed with Noodle the Pug. It was a nostalgic tour through the last year or so, a reminder of just how quickly internet culture moves from one thing to the next. Remember Clubhouse? I sure didn’t…



Amanda Kay Oaks

Pittsburgh-based writer & wearer of many metaphorical hats. Making words about books, pop culture, witchery, health, travel, and more! She/her.