The Problem of Theme.

From WikiCommons, NASA

When making a podcast of any variety, and the same could be said for any new content based project, finding a story that not only you want to stick with can be difficult. And finding one that your audience actually wants to take the time to listen to is even harder. In a world saturated with podcasts on iTunes, YouTube, and everywhere in-between this difficulty compounds even more with the vast number of competitors.

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When It Comes to Making a Podcast.

When it comes to making a (prerecorded) podcast, you may think that the only real issue that creators find themselves facing is derived from the effort of building the planned dialog. However, this is not the case; and if it was, I wouldn’t need to write an article about it. While choosing the dialog can be difficult, it often pales in comparison to the challenges that appear during the planning of both audio clips, pieces of music, and other contextual information that truly makes a podcast, a podcast.

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War is an Economy. Remixed.

From War Dogs (2016).

As featured in our last post, remix and edits are the new gold currency of the internet. They can be used for political messages, creating humorous juxtapositions, or epic mashups of already amazing content. But it got us thinking, how can we cash in on this trend because, if I’m one to say anything in this blog, it’s that remix videos are going to keep being popular as long as video sticks around—and it’s been doing that since VHS. The big question about this, of course, is what’s even a good topic to make a video about?

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LEGOs Make Your Kid Violent?

When it comes to the internet, there’s almost an infinite amount of media to consume. A good part of this media comes in the form of remixed videos. Whether they’re mashups, memes, or some semblance of a political statement, the remix video is almost always made of collections of repurposed media. They often skirt the ideas of copyright and end up gathering anywhere between no audience at all to becoming nationally known viral videos.

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I Don’t Want to Read a Research Paper.

A phrase said by every single college student across pretty much every academic variety and something felt by most people when presented with the dense texts. However, in the world of magazine articles, a product built around keeping a reader’s attention, the balance between research paper-esque factual information and attractive sentence structure is an on going battle. If too much factual information is included in an unstylized manor, the article will come out as dry as the research papers its drawing from. If the magazine article draws too little of actual fact or even if it appears to just be made of opinions, the article will no longer be a credible source to learn something from. Right off the bat, engaging pictures and supporting infographics allow for a reader to be lulled into continued readership, but ultimately the language presented holds a large role in reader retention.

A dung beetle that raises some big questions.
From WikiCommons.

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What Makes an Article?

While it’s easy to believe that the articles we read on the hundred of thousands of news sites across the internet just appear or are even just printed out by robots, this isn’t the case (so far at least for the robots). Instead, the efforts that go into creating the standard internet feature article are, in fact, rather substantial when taken on without guidance. Luckily, there are plenty of articles on the internet to look over on your journey to find your feet. One such piece comes in the form of a National Geographic article titled “What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.

Always a great place to learn.
From WikiCommons.

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