February 4, 2019 § Leave a comment
This month I have challenged myself by putting together my very first podcast. As I have mentioned previously I have more recently become mindful of the internet’s benefits, flaws and how it has shaped the political sphere throughout its existence. I have actually taken a class in university to help me accept and learn the benefits over the fact the internet will not be a dying technology such as the telephone (which I well and truly miss).
In creating my first pod cast I chose a topic that I had heard overheard spoken about when I was quite young that truly frightened me that I now formally know it is called, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch(s). I had every right to be chilled by the little I overheard and now that I have spent so much time researching it I am even more frightened over the potential our naivety and negligence has impacted the earth. But we can’t remain naive anymore, not with this new technology we call the internet.
Because of the internet we as a society can bring awareness and have discussions and debates over impactive matters. We don’t have to travel the seas to meet influential people to spread information. Now we can build websites to spread awareness and create active movements of activism.
It was through this particular crowed funding website, JustGiving.com that introduced me to the activism website, www.TheOceanCleanup.com. This website not only give the public information about its history, its own research and future plans but it references other creditable readings to do with research about plastic affecting the ocean etc. For me this is important as it shows you can find research and information that supports the T.O.C’s own research helping me believe it isn’t a scam or self-serving. This is another wonderful thing about the use of the internet. As much as I love books when I need to find a lot of creditable research the internet flourishes with resources (especially being a student and having access to my university’s online search finding published creditable journals and articles) that may otherwise take days or weeks to wait for a book to become available.
To create this podcast not only did I have to research the cause but I did a lot of research on what platforms and programs to use to create and publish my podcast. This was the most overwhelming part! As Ridiculous as it sounds, making a podcast has been one of the scariest experiences I’ve had this year. Making sure that I’ve credited every resource correctly including the music. Finding music allowing me rights to use and edit the music proved to be quite difficult but eventually I fumbled around enough to find something that appealed to me and allowed me to use it under the creative commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).
I also went recorded of the ocean waves to blend into the music of my podcast. Then of course recording myself speaking of the GPGI/TOC cause. The editing process using the free program Audacity wasn’t as terrifying as I first anticipated. I was able to put it together rather quickly.
I’ve always been and anxious person when it comes to speaking about something I support and believe in and fear not doing it justice. There is that small frightened child inside that thinks all the adults won’t take me seriously when I feel I am fighting to support a cause. But I won’t know if I don’t try. So here it is, my first active role in bringing awareness to something I believe in.
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