Monday, January 05, 2015
The Reply All Podcast
Reply All is a new, weekly podcast that is 'a show about the internet'
I really like podcasts, but some of them fail to capitalise on what is different about podcasts to blogs (you can discuss things), and generally let the participants go on & on for too long.
ReplyAll suffers from neither of these faults. So far we've had 7 fascinating episodes of about 15-20 minutes each, covering lots of diverse subjects.
My personal favourites are:
Jennicam - whatever happened to one of the web's first stars
This Website for Sale - The business behind domain auctions
Follow The Money - Storytelling through tracking transactions on the payment platform Venmo (which then turns into a completely different show at the end)
& This Proves Everything - Looking at the murky world of the 'Larry Shippers'
I think it's a terrific show and long may it continue. (I also like how they do their ads - good examples of 'native' podcast ads)
While I'm on the subject...
Serial ended a couple of weeks ago, and while I found it interesting and really enjoyed it, I have strong misgivings about it.
I - It was too much of a discourse. I don't think we learned more from it being a week by week examination than we would have if it had been a retrospective look (& bear in mind that they'd been working on it for a long time before any of it was broadcast). I know it's a different sort of show, but I think Rough Justice, where you saw the whole story, was much better.
2 - The best episodes were ones with external experts giving their views, rather than the presenter theorising, for example episode 7 with Deirdre Enright, or episode 8 where they talk to a former detective about the case.
3 - The experts made points that they'd missed, or wouldn't have thought about for weeks, the most obvious example was Enright's team's discovery of a credible potential suspect that the Serial team hadn't even heard of, which was introduced in the final episode.
I will listen to series 2 of Serial, but I hope that they can structure it better, and spend more time talking to credible third parties.