February 27, 2008
A little while ago, I Twittered an article about the fall of radio, in which the writer said "Podccasting is the new radio." And I've been reading a lot of stuff about what radio can do to survive, should it survive, etc. So when I got the link to this article, I was REALLY curious.
I love this quote:
Every time we add a dimension to our performances and recordings, we not only add to the creatorÂ’s workload, we also Â— in an important sense Â— limit the audienceÂ’s experience.
THAT is what I like about radio -- I can use my imagination. It is, as they tell me, the "theater of the mind."
It started with books -- then we added the audio for radio, and people no longer had to imagine the voices and sounds. Then we added visuals, so we didn't have to imagine what the scene and characters looked like. It's hard to go backward -- I think that's a big part of why people don't read as much now; they don't have the imagination for it.
Our imaginations need stretching. So you OWE it to yourself to listen to a podio-drama or two. Decoder Ring updates every other week, so there's a new show due on Saturday. Pendant has a bunch of different shows, so if you subscribe to all of them you should have at least one a week. They do some fan shows (DC superheroes like Batman, Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman), but I really enjoy the original stuff. I just started listening to the Texas Radio Theater, and recommend them as well. Their shows are all original, though some are tributes to old-time radio programs (like Flash Gordon and Sherlock Holmes).
Posted by: Michael Spence at February 27, 2008 12:09 PM (KXAxO)
Posted by: Warren at February 27, 2008 04:27 PM (6ZwcZ)
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