I don’t know what took me so long, but I just discovered podcasts.
Well, I sort of know what took me so long. Couple things: a) I thought surely podcasts must be a paid service because why would anyone offer any programming worth listening to for free? And b) I subconsciously thought listening to podcasts required having an iPod constantly connected to the internet. Because of the name. Podcast. Like iPod. And cast, like newscast. So it’s live, right? And then I thought, probably my iPod isn’t capable of streaming the internet because it’s an iPod nano and they don’t even make iPod nanos anymore.
I asked around, pleading with people to tell me what a podcast is. No one could really do it! “It’s an audio program you listen to.” “You can listen to it with Stitcher.”
So…. What’s Stitcher? Do I have to buy Stitcher? Is Stitcher a tiny transportable radio? Is it an app? For phones AND tablets? Do I need Stitcher on my laptop? The whole time, assuming it was spelled Stitchr. Because Tumblr.
Now I know what people who don’t understand how to send an email feel like.
Then I started to think slightly farther outside the box about what a podcast might be. I thought, well, maybe it requires neither an iPod nor iTunes. But surely it must require iTunes, right? Because iTunes has that category called Podcasts, with that symbol. That symbol that involves something that looks like radio waves. So, again. It implies that I need constant streaming internet. Annnd, in my head, I’m back to needing an internet-streaming iPod.
Ugh. It’s only a matter of time until people realize podcasts are a waste of time when they can just use Netflix. We have moving pictures, remember? We have access to them. On demand. I waited months. Podcasts seemed to only be increasing in popularity. Well, I don’t have a commute, I told myself. My latest excuse. I don’t have time for podcasts.
Turns out, podcasts are REEEEALLL simple. How did I finally leap to this very obvious realization?
Because multiple people were telling me, “Beth, I’m listening to this podcast called Serial and it’s like something right out of your brain! You have to listen! You’re going to love it so much, I want to WATCH you listen!”
I can’t participate. I don’t know what a podcast is. Is what I was thinking. But I obviously couldn’t say that and sound like a moron. Instead, I said, “It’s called ‘Serial’? I’ll try to find it.”
Serial. Hmm. As someone who had never even listened to a podcast, this confused me further. Is this a podcast about a serial killer? Insert worried face. Why would a podcast about a serial killer scream “BETH!” to multiple people? Is Serial the name of a “Podcast Channel?” Do “channels” even exist in the land of podcasts, I wondered? Is it a podcast channel full of serials? Like the Oxygen network might feature a series of mini-series? Serial. Is it a serial? Like, a podcast that tells one story but in multiple parts? Because, I do know what a serial is! I write serial books. But I would never name them Serial. Just like you probably wouldn’t name a romance novel Romance Novel. Could the answer be that simple? It’s a serial called Serial? And if it is that simple, does that make it complicated? Are they being ironic? AHHHH! I was driving myself crazy.
So I shut myself up and went to serialpodcast.org, to which someone had kindly emailed me a link. I'm good with email.
THIS CONCLUDES EPISODE 1 OF “SERIAL ON SERIAL: SEASON 1.”
EPISODE 2 OF “SERIAL ON SERIAL: SEASON 1” COMING SOON.
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