Podcasts pose problems

Gianluca Ianiro, Staff writer

Johnny Carson was an amazing talent, appreciated by millions for how he carried himself night in and night out.

He was humorous and charming with every guest he spoke with, but when Carson left television there would never be a voice capable of replacing him on TV.

The modern suits on nightly TV just don’t hold a candle to him.

People have also changed their habits from owning a ridiculously expensive cable contract to subscribing to online streaming platforms.

Another interesting change occurred in these times. It was the evolution of the talk show in the form of media that was around essentially 100 years ago — the podcast.

They work a lot like those massive radios that looked like minifridges and would crowd living rooms before the invention of the home theatre.

A person talks in a microphone and another person listens to what that other person was saying.

Podcasts in this sense aren’t that impressive, but what is different is how accessible they are.

Before listeners scheduled their time around the stations broadcasting schedules, but now a person can listen to podcasts any hour of the day thanks to digital recording.

So, are these wondrous lessons, stories, jokes and what have you really all that great?

Well unlike seeing Mr. Carson speak on his show, podcasts have become another way for people to isolate themselves from human interaction and are massively overrated.

People can’t see who is speaking and many times don’t know if they are even reputable sources.

People also enjoy replacing reading articles and books with content they absorb through listening to a stranger spit self-acclaimed “facts” in a recording studio.

There is no chance this form of media entertainment is close to being even slightly comparable in the amount of brain stimulation a person gets through actually reading a book.

While I guess they can be fun, they’re not an effective form of learning.

My advice is simple, listen to them in the comfort of your own home for entertainment.

Never say, “I heard in this new podcast that…” because that is a solid way to annoy the person you are talking with.

Tonight, I am going to watch a rerun of “The Tonight Show” from the ’80s, read a chapter in a paperback book made from a tree and go to bed without listening to a random person tell me information I don’t need to know from a recording booth located in their basement.