Friday, September 9, 2016
Q&A series producer, Amanda Collinge once told me she believes there is a hunger out there for compelling, meaningful stories that are well researched, balanced, and thoughtful; and that this hunger will address all of the elements that give the media a bad name – sensationalism, outrage, judgement, faux insight… all of those things.
Since then I’ve wanted desperately to share that belief because I’ve had that hunger for quite some time. I mean, if the Australian media isn’t trying to sell you something, it’s advocating something political or doing a very poor job of hiding it.
I know I’m a bit late in discovering it, but I’ve become a very big fan of a podcast called Reply All. The stories are exactly what Amanda described – compelling, meaningful stories that are well researched, balanced, and thoughtful. The show itself is a creature of the internet – they discuss memes, web communities, online cultural movements… it would make absolutely no sense to someone who isn’t spending a good portion of their lives online.
But what I love most about it is that it’s free from outrage, free from judgement, free from politics – it’s just a free and unbridled exploration of how the web is changing culture and society.
It’s a shame no one in Australia is doing anything like it. Well, there was – Wendy Zuckerman, a former junior writer of mine, has a podcast called Science Vs that’s been snapped up by Gimlet Media and is now sharing office space with the Reply All crew. I’m so pleased for her, though I do wish she’d try harder to hide her political bias.