The Gap: Keepin' up with the PPB and Parasocial Relationships


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Fri, 04/16/2021 - 8:00am to 9:00am


On this episode of the Gap, Tammy and Althea talk about consequences and restructuring at the Portland Police Bureau. We talk about the City Commission's compromise on the Gun Violence Reduction Team and the Dept. of Justice's notice of non-compliance for excessive force used by Portland cops. (See links below for more info.)

Then, we talk about parasocial relationships and how they may pertain to a bizarre interaction that a friend of Althea's had. Parasocial relationships are one-sided, media-enabled relationships that have become more widespread with social media. Real friendships have reciprocity!

Plus, your calls!

Related links: 

Portland Police Bureau

Portland approves $6M gun violence reduction package - KOIN 6

New, FBI-led task force aims to curb Portland's historic spike in shootings - KGW 

Feds put city of Portland on formal notice of non-compliance with police use-of-force agreement - OregonLive

Portland's Current Cop Accountability System is Failing, DOJ Finds - Portland Mercury

Oregon lawmakers close in on new police oversight laws - OPB

Understanding Parasocial Relationships:

Influencers are NOT your friends - Adella Afadi

Parasocial Relationships and Familiar Strangers - Renegade Cut

The Parasocial Problem with Livestreaming - Glink

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