Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A "Way of Improvement Leads Home" Podcast?

I just read a post by Alan Jacobs on podcasting.  He writes:

...Over the past several years I have listened to dozens and dozens of podcasts, on a very wide range of subjects, with the result that there is now not a single podcast that I listen to regularly.

Podcasts, overall, are

(1) People struggling to articulate for you stuff you could find out by looking it up on Wikipedia (e.g. In Our Time);

(2) People using old-timey radio tricks to fool you into thinking that a boring and inconsequential story is fascinating (e.g. Serial);

(3) People leveraging their celebrity in a given field as permission to ramble incoherently about whatever happens to come to their minds (e.g. The Talk Show); or

(4) People using pointless audio-production tricks to make a pedestrian story seem cutting-edge (e.g. Radiolab).

The world of podcasting desperately needs people to take it seriously and invest real thought and creativity into it. There are a lot of not-so-smart people who invest all they have in podcasts; there are a lot of smart people who do podcasts as an afterthought, giving them a fraction of the attention they give to their "real work." So far it's a medium of exceptional potential almost wholly unrealized.

As a few of you know, I have been thinking about starting a podcast.  Since podcasts (from all reports) are a lot of work, I am wondering whether I have the time to do it right.  

Perhaps the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home can serve as a sort of podcast exploratory committee.  What would you like to see in a TWOILH podcast?  Feel free to share in the comment section below, on Facebook, or via e-mail: jfea(at)messiah(dot)edu