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How the Podcast Medium Can Vastly Improve Political Discourse

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 22, 2019 12:12

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What we are missing from traditional media outlets about the critical issues of our time.

In last week's article, I discussed how the information we obtain from our usual sources, such as cable news and online newspapers, is ravaged with dishonesty and inaccuracy.

Many of these outlets treat debates and interviews as if they're game shows, trying to extract as many colorful soundbites and gotcha moments as possible in order to increase their ratings. If we want to bring integrity back to media reporting and political discourse, this system must change.

The problem may simply be with the source of our information. We tend to obtain most of our information through viewing - for example, televised debates, which usually come with time constraints and poor questioning that does little to inform us about the candidates. As an alternative, digital audio may be the way forward in talking about the issues that matter most in the world.

As a source of digital audio, the podcast medium mitigates many of the problems I just mentioned. In this format, the host can have a completely open-ended discussion with his/her guest. Podcasts are heard online through various interfaces, with no restrictions on time or content. Depending on how the host chooses to fund the podcast, they can either be free and accessible to everybody or accessible through a paid subscription service. Either way, the listener is gaining value from a single podcast that isn't possible from watching cable news.

Joe Rogan is widely considered to be the first person to bring the podcast medium into the mainstream, inviting guests in any line of work or from any background to discuss current events and engage in specific topics.

Typically, his podcasts last between two and three hours, which allows the guest to be completely open about his/her life and about his/her ideas or opinions. When brought into the political arena, this type of listening experience has the power to transform one's own ideas and opinions about important issues in a straightforward and honest way with the bias of the host drastically mitigated.

This is the medium in which it's acceptable to voice disagreements and express controversial opinions without a mob-like response from audiences or media pundits. The closest that traditional media has come to airing a long-format interview or discussion would be in shows like 60 Minutes or Face the Nation.

The demeanor of President Trump, for example, in a one-hour interview versus on the debate stage is staggeringly different. The former tests Trump's ability to formulate coherent policy positions and communicate them to the people, and the latter encourages him to bring the smackdown to his opponents with witty comebacks and devastating punchlines.

The key to having healthy political discourse with a well-informed electorate is for the podcast medium to gain prominence. In order for this to happen, the American people need to have the insight to reject traditional media sources along with the patience to listen to long, open-ended conversations in which anything is up for discussion.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on September 22, 2019 12:12

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