posted on Mar, 10 2006 @ 03:40 PM
Originally posted by fingapointa
Define "sucks". what sucks, the sound quality, the subject matter, the file size, the music choices?
First, a podcast has to have some properties that require listening rather than reading. The thing I find in many podcasts is that there's no good
reason for them to exist beyond a person's desire to hear their voice recorded. The only difference between a p'cast and a 10 year old with a
Wollensak back in the 50's playing "radio man" is that the podcast can be distributed to millions of people. As for music, there are enough
sources of music on the web. If you want to list your favorite songs, go ahead, and maybe I'll find one and listen. There's a reason that good
dj's get paid: because most people don't know how to do it.
Next, the subject matter in most podcasts is treated in a jokey or childish manner. Have you ever heard three stoned pre-teens playing with a tape
recorder? That's what most podcast sound like.
There are people here at ATS who have unique and informative things to say about important topics. But again, what's to be gained by making it a
podcast beyond the fact that what I could have read in 10 minutes now requires an hour of my listening time?
My idea of a great podcast would be an Art Bell show without commercials. There is something to be said for gripping radio. I recently downloaded a
Jeff Rense Show with Alex Jones, and even though I don't care for Rense, it made for an interesting podcast experience.
Here's what I'd like: a serious podcast on UFOs or Aliens that I could listen to as I fall asleep and would give me wild nightmares. But there has
to be something about the audio experience that makes it superior to reading a thread, capisce?