More low growls– I love my iPod and I have tapped into some really good technical podcasts. I’ve ben able to absorb this while doing my bicycle commute.
But with a technology rising up the charts like a bullet, it sometimes feels like the rush to do things ends up with a flurry of audio dumps that are, well, not so exciting. I downloaded one hour long educational podcast, started pedaling home, and was so bored at the lack of much beyond high brow pontificating. And I stuck with it for 30 minutes, hoping something worthy would slide in. Nada.
Yes, I know I actually was not “trapped”- I can reach down and click to the next track, but with most devices there’s not function for “fast forwarding” through the cruft. You are stuck in a long track from beginning to end.
I am thinking that there is a variation of the quote I thought was attributed to Blaise Pascal:
“I would have written a shorter note if I had more time.”
where the podcast equivalent might be:
“I would have recorded a shorter podcast if I had more time.”
Anybody can blather on into a microphone for an hour. But what if there was more effort in saying more meaningful content in 15 minutes? This is either done by good editing, good segment planning.
I am not saying all podcasts are bad, or that amateur recording is bad, or that all long podcasts are bad. I am not saying it should all be scripted or outlined. There are some fantastic ad-libbers out there. And what I may think is crappo may be of real importance to someone else. But if I take the time to download and listen to an hour long segment of hoo-hah, I surely am not clicking back.
I say consider podcasting a performance, or something with an arc of a plot, or something with a lunch line. But if its full of dead air and waffling fluff, I am clicking next track.