In this blog post, we look at how podcasting can be a good way to express oneself!
In our previous blog post, we analyzed how individuals, especially from minority groups have used YouTube as a vehicle for self expression.
But before we delve deeper into this topic, let's look at the two types of podcasts, which people can create!
There are two types of podcasts - video podcasts and audio podcasts.
Video podcasts, like YouTube videos are recorded videos, which typically involve a conversation with a guest, either in person, or via a Zoom recording, for example. This, therefore, means that video podcasts are similar to YouTube videos, and therefore video podcasts can be uploaded onto YouTube.
This, however, may not be suitable for everyone, because some people may not want to be filmed, whilst being interviewed.
Now, the great thing about audio podcasting is that if you are concerned about anonymity or are not as confident in front of the camera, there is the option to record audio files, rather than videos.
As mentioned in our previous blogs, audio podcasts consists of several digital audio files, to which you can either listen online or download.
This is by far the easiest way to begin creating audio content, as the equipment necessary is simply a computer (or laptop) and a microphone! (preferably a USB microphone.)
Audio podcasts, therefore, have enabled many people to express their opinions, talk to guests and through various websites they can even find guests for their podcasts.
There are several podcasts, which centre on themes and topics, which enable individuals to express themselves fully. There are, for example, various podcasts, which centre on debates around issues such as race, identity and politics.
Furthermore, it is also easy to find individuals with whom you can either debate issues or express similar opinions.
Some media companies specialise in helping people find guests for their podcasts, who come from underrepresented groups , for example, LGBT people, people of colour, even people who are neuro-diverse- i.e. people who have different brain and mental functions!
In conclusion, podcasting is becoming more and more of a safe space for many people, from all walks of life, to express their identity, experiences and unique perspectives, and it also enables content creators from these groups, to find like-minded people, who can make relevant contributions to their content!