Search Engine's Jesse Brown: Boing Boing Guestblogger!

I take sincere pleasure in introducing you to our latest guestblogger, Jesse Brown. Astute readers will remember him as the host of the storied net-culture podcast Search Engine, which was killed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and then rescued by rival public broadcaster TV Ontario. Jesse's podcasts are the epitome of what net-news coverage for a mass-audience can be: impassioned, participatory, smart, and comprehensive without being esoteric. Welcome, Jesse!
Hi! I'm Jesse Brown and I host a podcast called Search Engine on It's about Internet culture and politics and digital rights and other stuff BoingBoing readers may be interested in. I also do a lot of work with cartoons; I used to make animated films and I currently help run the user-generated-comic strip sites and

I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on BoingBoing! For the next two weeks I'll be bringing you stories about how public broadcasters around the world are handling the Internet. As TV news and newspapers implode, some public broadcasters like NPR are doing better than ever! Others, not so good. I'll be posting about why that is and what can be done.

I'll also share with you a bunch of cartoons and curiosities and wonderful things that more people should see. Email me with tips anytime!


  1. Whoa, I just spent some time this evening catching up on the Search Engine podcast, and now here’s Jesse as BB guest blogger… synchronicity, man. Looking forward to seeing what he has to say.

  2. Search Engine is one of the best tech culture podcasts out there and Jesse is awesome! When it was announced CBC would not longer be carrying the show I made sure that my archives contained the entire run before they pulled the feed.

    Looking forward to hearing what Jesse has to post.

  3. Im totally stoked, search engine was one of my fav podcasts back in the CBC days.

    I have to confess I havent been as stuck to the podcast since its move to TVO but thats only because of “drama fatigue”.

    For those who dont know, do yourselves a favour and listen to the last dozen or more of search engines podcasts with the CBC.

    I am hoping to hear from Jesse on Boingboing as to exactly what led to his show moving over to TVO, I have some theories, one of which goes that Jesse was doing the kind of journalism that put the rest of the CBC staff to shame, he stepped on one too many toes and CBC caved to corporate pressure, first trying to starve him off and finally cutting his program, if memory serves me correctly I think a CBC producer even came on search engine to try to smooth things over.

    Anyway, im stoked, STOKED to see what Jesse can throw our way.

  4. I, too, enjoy him much but never knew what he looked like, and DAMN he looks familiar.

    Eating cupcakes (w/sprinkles no less) in a suit. Now that is man who is secure in his manhood. Funny how everyone zoomed in on the cupcakes. Does that make us hungry ASDs? (OK, not everybody).

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