audiocasts, economics, education, media, product endorsements

My favourite podcasts 2020

During COVID-19 many of us have more time to listen to audio. Here are some of my favourites.

Search for them by name on your preferred podcasting platform, if interested.

Online audiocasts are as old as the internet.

But we have the silly, unintuitive name podcast because Steve Jobs called the Apple device an iPod.

BBC journalist Ben Hammersley first suggested the name “Podcast” (a portmanteau, a combination of “iPod” and “broadcast“) it in early February 2004.

I try to call the audio only version “audiocasts“. Leo Laporte still uses the term “netcast” for both audio only and video podcasts.

Dave Winer is most often credited as the inventor as he decided to include new audio functionality in RSS 0.92.  Dave demonstrated it worked on January 11, 2001 by enclosing a Grateful Dead song in his Scripting News weblog.

 

Facebook, human rights, internet, media, things getting worse

Social Media – Good or Bad?

When the internet — and then social media — got popular I was convinced it would make the world better.

Better informed.

The poor and powerless would have a voice. A blog. A podcast.

Seems I was wrong. 

Social media was supposed to be the ultimate free speech platform, a place where the world would come together to swap information and share opinions. It would be the battleground of ideas. …

Twitter has become a playground for bots and trolls. Facebook is filled with misinformation, a place where foreign governments can set up groups to spread fake news. …

At the same time, users have retreated into their own bubbles. …

Social Media has had its Day

 

internet, media, product endorsements

World Press Freedom Day

Notoriously poor and cheap, I normally take advantage of FREE — ad supported — news on the internet.

Obviously that’s not sustainable over the long term.

For years I’ve donated to ad free Wikipedia.

For years I’ve paid for Economist.

And for the second time I’m paying for the Washington Post. They hold Trump to account better than any other site.

Today May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day. WaPo is only $25 / year today.

ethics, government, media

1939 American NAZI rally New York

It’s an unlikely Oscar contender.

Marshall Curry’s “A Night at the Garden” has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

The film, entirely comprised of archival footage, shows a 1939 rally of American Nazis at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

The rally drew 20,000 people on the eve of World War II.

“The lesson of the film,” Curry told InsideEdition.com, is that “we are vulnerable to leaders who will stir us up against each other.”

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

FOX News refused to air an advertisement for the documentary. Other networks did.

I believe FOX National News has a pro-Trump bias. They believe this rally is somewhat similar to Trump’s.

Like American NAZI’s, Trump uses the phrase ‘America First’.

Click PLAY or watch the entire film on YouTube.

media

“Fake News” vs bad reporting

The news stories I saw on the Pulse Nightclub massacre were speculation. Mostly wrong.

Much of the bad reporting came out of the early FBI interview with the killer’s widow.

Pulse gunman’s widow found not guilty

During the course of the trial, the truth came out:

The shooter tried to kill tourists at the Disney theme park, but because there was a security presence, he opted to shoot up a nightclub, which he apparently did not know was a gay nightclub.

The shooter was not repressing homosexual feelings, as the media alleged, and had never been there before, which also refuted the media’s prior reporting.

Accuracy in Media