Go Greta!

First of all I would like to excuse my absence on this extremely hyped blog, sorry to all five of you. Yes, it actually seems like I gained one reader since the last post. The excuses of not blogging just keeps on coming, if it’s not Christmas break and road trips, it is Australian Open and vintage shopping. Guess I have to blame Melbourne and its opportunities for that. 

However, the good news is that I have created a podcast for you! In the podcast I talk about my fellow Swede, Greta Thunberg and her breakthrough on social media. The podcast’s main discussion reflects on how social media can be an important component of activism. Greta and her strive for change is then a perfect example of this. 

After consuming Greta since her breakthrough in Sweden I have followed and consumed her through her own channels as well as in news media which made the choice to use her as an example pretty easy. Combining Greta with reading an interesting text from Nolan Cabrera (2017) about activism vs slacktivism online it felt like an interesting discussion to bring into a podcast. 


Greta Thunberg by Streetsblog Denver (CC BY 2.0

With some mandatory research done I started creating my first own podcast. The fact is that I’ve participated in a couple of podcasts back in Sweden. But in those cases as a guest, coming up with some fun(?) or smart (?!) answers that did not demand too much effort. So to be the creator, host and guest was for me an interesting challenge.

The journey can therefore be divided in to three stages; preparation, execution and a reflection. The preparation stage consisted of researching, writing my script, trying to download and play with some podcasting programs (which of course did not always work perfectly). But after figuring out how to play with my newly found friend, GarageBand I however started the recording. This part really tested my patience, because how hard can it actually be to sound a bit relaxed while you are in fact reading a script? Really hard apparently. Then the struggle continued with technical procedures such as editing and adding music to the podcast. This was really time consuming but once I got my head around it, really fun as well. Now I can actually brag about something like fading out music in a recording program, big shout-out to Youtube for that!

When everything was done I just had to listen through everything a couple of times to analyse what I can do better until next time. Because podcasting is actually a thing that I could see myself doing on a regular basis in the future. I just need to find the specific area that attracts both me and potential listeners the most. What became quite obvious for me when I then listened to my recording is that I prefer listening to podcasts where it is a discussion rather than a monologue. I also enjoy having these discussions, so I probably should’ve involved another person in this podcast as well.

But so be it, you live, you learn as Alanis Morissette sings. Below you can tune in to my podcast, hopefully you’ll like it, otherwise it can work as a good option to counting sheeps. Enjoy!  

Click here to listen to the podcast on Soundcloud

References

Barclay, E, Resnick, B 2019, ’How big was the global climate strike? 4 million people, activists estimate.’, Vox, retrieved 14 January 2020, <https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/9/20/20876143/climate-strike-2019-september-20-crowd-estimate>.

Cabrera, N 2017, ’Activism or Slacktivism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Social Media’, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 400-415.

Ludlam, S 2014, ’The growing threat to Australia’s media plurality’, The Guardian, 24 March, retrieved 25 January 2020, <https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/24/malcolm-turnbull-media-plurality-scott-ludlam>.

Music

’03 A Cool Rainy Night’  by Mike Durek (CC BY 4.0)

https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Michael_Durek/Piano_Music_for_The_Broken_Hearted_1221/03_A_Cool_Rainy_Night

’Tulip Poplars’ by Evan Schaeffer (CC BY 4.0) 

https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Evan_Schaeffer/Glow_1216/Evan_Schaeffer_-_11_-_Tulip_Poplars_1711

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