There seems to be some mystery as to who the Pod People are and why on earth would they be so fascinated with podcasts.
I am old enough to remember listening to radio shows and have lived in parts of the world where television either was not available or was not in a language that I understood (as a typical American I only understand one language).
Spent many an evening listening to radio shows on the Armed Forces Radio Network while living overseas and even farther back fell asleep many nights in my grandmothers lap while she and the rest of the family listened to The American Trail, Ethel and Albert and Amos and Andy.
The old time radio shows, in my opinion, were far more entertaining than television. We ate dinner or played cards while listening. We could do other activities while at the same time enjoying a mystery or a comedy – while television requires that we sit in one spot starting at the tube.
Pauls podcasts are not only educational but from time to time wildly entertaining as well. The only podcasts that I have NOT listened to were the electric tractors and something to do with toddlers or diapers or something. Other than that I try to listen to every single one. When there are no podcasts I listen to old radio show re-runs; here is a good site: http://www.radiolovers.com/
I don’t find it mysterious or curious at all. I think that permaculture people are probably more inclined to be ‘doers’ that are multi-tasking while listening and probably devote less time to TV watching.
The funny thing is that if we spent hours and hours just sitting and watching TV no one would think that was strange at all.
My favorite radio show of all time? The Shadow.
I’m Jeanine, I’m 52 years old, read lots of books, listen to massive amounts of music, spend lots of time alone, don’t watch TV, and I’m one of the Pod People.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 7 years ago
I think a key to the old radio shows was that is was told to you. You needed to use your imagination to put images into the narration. It forced you to think. By such actions, you became a part of the story.
That is all lost on TV. You just dumbly sit there and absorb somebody elses complete package. You cannot really get involved with the story, you are not a part of it. It cannot absorb you...you need to absorb it.
Perhaps in today's world of people wanting instant gratification, without having to bother to think, good narration may become a lost art.
Parlor games are also falling by the wayside...they demand that we actually use our brains.
Perhaps the powers that be want us to use our brains as sponges, rather than reason and logic organs.
Sherlock Holmes was also a great way to spend an evening at home.
That is why I mostly listen to public radio. I love Garrison Keilers show; "wait, wait, don't tell me"; the car guys and others. British comedy via the BBC is very funny. And of course all the permaculture podcasts - Pauls, Ryans, sometimes I listen to the survival podcast...... Next favorite are audio books. Most of the listening I do is while I am out in my garden/permaculture site.... whatever it might be called. I do spend a lot of time there.....