Casting knowledge

Apart from the knowledge clips by Angus on podcasts, the one I had to record on ethics in studies, and the one I have been sent to listen to cheer me up when I was sad, I have very little to no knowledge on what podcasts exist out in the world and this will probably be beneficial for my claim that podcasts are a good thing. A wonderful thing to be exact.

They are wonderful, because they, as I learned from Angus, are fairly reliant on just your voice. Obviously there is the digital to all of this which refers to the recording, editing and distributing of your voice, but without that prime no podcasts could exist. Yes, it would be helpful if you have a script and keep in mind the audience you try to reach, but you can screw up as often as you like and edit it. As if it were a piece of written text that you are about to send out into the world. Except the big difference is that you do not need to adhere to rules that dominate written text. Your eloquence is not going to be doubted, because autocorrect has changed there to their. In uttering these two homophonic words you do not doubt which one to use. You are freed and can go into the second part of why podcasts are wonderful.

There seems to be no stone left unturned in the world of podcasts. While there appears to be this notion that the internet and its vastness of information has desensitized their users, the opposite can be said simply because there are this many podcasts. If there is something you care about you will find others talking about the subject matter. Speech is a vehicle for thought and we tend to talk longer about what has our attention than on what does not. When you keep in mind that people come from oral traditions it only makes sense that podcasts happen. They are a far faster vehicle for thought than written text is. Which brings me to my next point.

Podcasts near the World Brain more than academia ever will. Well´s already criticized the scientific communities at the time for their lack of communism and little has changed over the years. Yes, we have accumulated knowledge and yes it is available to us through the net. However it is written to attract others in the field excluding those who might benefit from the knowledge. At our university still they give academic writing courses and in your writing are expected to keep your peers in mind and use jargon to show you understand the subject. The written word lends itself perfectly for administering information, but also hoards it through its visually demanding medium. A gatekeeper so to speak.
Podcasts can be used to break down the academic barrier, endorsing the intended communism of the World Brain. Making knowledge available to a community that exceeds the scientific one and include laypersons by omitting the mumbo jumbo of technical terms. There seems to be a future for academics to use podcasts to upgrade the World Brain. All it would require is for them to use their voice.