This Charissa Thompson backlash, justified as it’s, misses the larger level, and if I’ll add 2 cents to the towering pile, it’s this: Podcasts are dumb. After two years of aggregating sports activities personalities saying silly stuff, there’s extra idiotic information made on podcasts than on social media at this level. The complete medium relies on speaking lengthy sufficient to say one thing fascinating.
Society acts like time is our most valuable useful resource, and but folks dedicate hours to listening to different human beings meander by a dialog. Thompson’s admission to creating up sideline experiences was a product of a evident lack of self-awareness, but in addition as a result of an overabundance of accessibility. The feedback didn’t even originate from her personal pod; it was a Barfstool manufacturing (Pardon My Take), and I guess even the intern who edited that episode knew the sound-byte would get sports activities media in a tizzy.
“I’ve stated this earlier than, so I haven’t been fired for saying it, however I’ll say it once more. I’d make up the report generally as a result of A, the coach wouldn’t come out at halftime or it was too late and I used to be like, ‘I didn’t need to screw up the report,’ so I used to be like, ‘I’m simply going to make this up,’” stated Thompson, who hosts Amazon’s Thursday Evening Soccer studio present.
There’s nobody louder than self-righteous journalists whose career has been disgraced. The world wants one other “Why Charissa screwed up” column prefer it wants one other podcast. I’m not defending her. I’m slandering my very own business, as a result of when there’s no information, we create it.
That’s actually what I do two to 3 instances a day. Now I’m not making issues up — at the least not and not using a disclaimer — however the objective is to say one thing fascinating or humorous or polarizing whereas hoping the fixed stream of rubbish spilling out of your mind doesn’t get you in bother.
The distinction is irrespective of how scripted the podcast, it’s spontaneous, and an orator isn’t afforded an opportunity to gather their ideas and edit later. Even with these benefits, writers nonetheless get phrases twisted. Thompson was simply chatting and not using a web and blurted out a career-threatening anecdote about sideline reporting.
She’s backpedaling quicker than Sauce Gardner as a result of the information cycle bought her. The one method for contemporary journos to keep away from vomiting throughout their profession is to speak much less, and seeing as that’s how speaking heads make their cash, it’s a giant ask.
Capitalism pressured journalism to procreate with content material creation, and podcasts are the offspring. They’re a obligatory evil. My views of social media and podcasting have taken a Ron Swanson-ian flip since I’ve dislodged each from my life, so take this rant accordingly.
Far be it for me to say what’s dumber: Recording your stream of consciousness for others to sift by, or telling Large Cat that you just used to make up sideline experiences, and never instantly asking for it to be struck from the report?