Final thoughts on Serial
I’ve been writing about Serial and what it means for audio on here quite a bit. I sent out a little Twitter essay yesterday that’s a pretty good summary, so I thought I’d put it here, too.
1. I think Serial and shows like it are a step towards the Netflix-ization of audio http://andrewkurjata.ca/blog/2014/11/21/podcasts-arent-back-a-new-type-of-podcast-has-arrived/
2. “podcasts” as a form have been doing just fine, as Marco Arment and Jesse Thorn point out
3. But what’s new is the high-quality production of Serial. This isn’t two people and a mic. This is archival tape, field sounds, etc.
4. Like , this is the sort of audio I love: HBO-quality storytelling, not blog-level.
5. The problem is, people too often confuse podcast the media form with podcast the genre. They are not the same…
6. Just as Breaking Bad and E-Talk Daily are not the same just because they both appear on TV, podcasts are wildly different
7. And, for that matter, so is audio. I tried to capture that here….
8. Fortunately, did a much better job here in describing the power of tape
9. On Serial: “The story was compelling because if felt so immediate, so real. Tape was what made it real.” http://www.anxiousmachine.com/blog/2014/12/18/serial-and-the-triumph-of-tape
10. On audio’s strength: “Tape bridges the divide, capturing reality without distorting it too much” http://www.anxiousmachine.com/blog/2014/12/18/serial-and-the-triumph-of-tape
11. So that’s what I hope about : that it hit a critical mass of people that now understand the power and the beauty of audio.
12. … not true-crime. Not “on-demand” listening. But well-produced, audio storytelling. That would be a big win for the whole industry.