So, to those of you who hypothetically know me, you know that I’m super into my podcasts. I’m an avid doodler in my spare time, and it really helps the creative juices flow if I can have something to listen to during all that.
For a recent class assignment, I’ve been listening to ‘Serial’, a podcast centered around the dramatic investigation of high school student Hae Min Lee’s murder, and the potentially incorrect conviction of her then boyfriend, Adnan Syed.
Really, it was a nice podcast, and I super enjoyed it! I really like the idea of putting investigative journalism into a format that feels a lot like talking on the phone with someone. The casualness of the narrator’s dictation and tone brings about familiarity and really adds to the odd kind of comfort I felt listening to her go on about the case. The only issue is that I doubt the family of the victim would feel too happy about the relaxed feel of a podcast documenting the murder of their daughter.
I would have added a gif after that last paragraph, but I don’t think you could apply any tone of humor to that last sentence without being insensitive.
The first thing that struck me was the narrator discussing how difficult it is to remember specific days without the aid of social media. This is true. If you were to ask me what I did last Saturday at 4:15 PM, I wouldn’t be able to tell you unless I could look at a snippet of a conversation I had with someone.
Alright, I did just that. Apparently, that was the day I finished a book I was reading, so that means it was also the day I went out to dinner with my friends and ate an entire bowl of mac ‘n’ cheese for lunch. That’s what weirds me out about specific parts of this podcast. There’s no way that the ‘Jay’ guy could have remembered all that stuff Adnan allegedly said to him throughout the day. Unless he has a super memory, of course. Same with the Asia girl, all that’s a really specific thing to remember, isn’t it?
I don’t know. Maybe I’m just being dumb.
Moving on, I’ve always enjoyed podcasts like this, or maybe it’s just podcasts in general. I had a period of three or four years where I just stopped reading, and I don’t know why. In that time, narrative podcasts kind of filled the void. I love the creativity that goes into them, and the fact that they allow me to multitask and still grasp what’s going on. They’re also really great to listen to on road trips. Seriously. Though I liked this one, I’m still on the fence if I’m going to keep listening to it. The podcasts I enjoy need to have a certain degree of fantastical fiction, and this one is a little too real for me.
Anyway, this is Katie signing off. Have a good day, y’all.