Podcasts & The Freedom of Speech As We Know It

This thread should have been a blog post but I only realised it after I was drifting away in sleep. Let’s leave my life story for now and get to why we are here. Podcasts! 

This is just the first page of my podcast app

A form of entertainment that has been around for a while, I remember The Ricky Gervais Show times, but one that has grown massively in the last 2 years, at least in the UK. Rising out of the need for a relatable voice and unfiltered views, you’d expect that to happen by default.  Especially after seeing how much the mainstream media is focused on agenda. We are in an age where our eyes are open (or should be) and we know our opinions matter more than those of the ones “allowed” to speak. So when I see people complain about how the podcasts are all talking about the same topics, I say a precise “so what” to myself. It honestly doesn’t matter and here’s why.

Mainstream media has talked about the same damn topic (terrorism) for over 16 years now and none of you are complaining. All they do is change how they package it to you but because it’s “established” media, you go with a “that’s the way they are” shrug. I’m not stopping you. Podcasts on the other hand are controlled only by the people that start them. In most cases these are people that feel they have something to say and your mainstream friends will not let them say it. The topics are focused on the buzz issues that we are talking about in both our online and real life circles so of course they will be the same. So instead of focusing on the similar aspects, why not look at how these hosts and their guests think? Look further than just listening for the sake of having something to tweet about and actually pay attention to the delivery. 

New grounds are being broken in the world of media, we should embrace that. Many of these podcasts are in their first and second years of existence. Depending on their consistency, they are still learning either about themselves or how to navigate the world of information and being a platform. Not everyone is media trained. It takes time for a creative to find what makes them who they are when they have no clear blueprint. Definitely not like being a lawyer or doctor where you follow your steps to getting there and you’re good. So when they dabble in the same topics, let them say whatever is on their chest. This is their platform and freedom of speech is extremely difficult to attain these days.

Speaking of which, isn’t it refeshing to listen to raw opinions, having people being read for their filth in various ways? I can tell you for a fact that the way Tolly of The Receipts Podcast will say let people be will be different from the way Skribz of DMD Podcast will say it. Also the way Kelechi says suck your mum in Say Your Mind will differ from when Keith says suck your dad in 3 Shots of Tequila. The sentiment behind it is the same and they’re both handing you straws but I guarantee you it will give you the spice we desperately need in this world of flat tasting views.

It’s already hard to be heard without  being crucified or policed so I’m asking, can we let the podcasts be? You can always skip to the next topic or forego the episode by reading the notes if you’ve had enough of it instead of trying to control their content. It is fair for their growth in the long run and the eventual return of freedom of speech as we once thought of it. 

Happy Birthday to Me πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰

Every year, on my birthday, I write a little letter to myself. It’s like a recap for the year I’ve had and a reflection on how far I’ve come in life. Before I was 25, I used to write it in my diary, then I started this blog, and well…

26 was a good year to me. By good I mean I made so many strides personally. Most of them not tangible but not everything should be seen anyway. I started the year on an all time low, slipping back into depression and hating where I was 

The day I turned 26
(of course I smiled for the camera) but I wasn’t checking in mentally and emotionally. Then one day after a harsh conversation with my mum, I made a vision board. The main things on it were

  • To make friends because I was lonely and basically had no social life
  • Have a better social life. One with less alcohol abuse and more interaction with people on a platonic basis
  • Travel at least once in the year
  • The biggest one of all, was to get out of my comfort zone. That included one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Go out alone on a night out or day activity where I’m sure I know no one and enjoy it without the Dutch courage from alcohol. Meaning it was all cocktails and no straight whiskey on ice, my favourite (that chaser life isn’t for me) 

    I am happy to say I got to fulfill all of them! All and more than I bargained for. I discovered new places in London, I went to Carnival on both days and even left with a few numbers (never called any of them though but it’s a milestone, I count it! πŸ˜›) I got some girl friends and I now don’t have to have to go everywhere alone πŸ’ƒπŸΎ

    Left to right: Charmaine, Me, Milka and Mima. And this isn’t half of the friends I made 😊 I had a picture of girls looking like us here on my vision board πŸ™ˆ

    I also found out what I want to do with my career, after a 3 year hiatus! I cannot explain the joy in my parents’ voices when I told them I had decided to go back to school. A rest is all I needed to figure myself out. I was exhausted and now I’m excited to study something new. Before I didn’t care much about it.

    One overall thing I learnt though, is that you need to ask to get anything that requires someone else’s input. It doesn’t hurt to ask. The most you can get is a ‘no’ but that shouldn’t stop you from asking someone else. I found out when I was looking for references for my university application. Having to get what you need through emails is one of the hardest things to do. From writing the perfect one, to the wait for the reply, it’s all gruesome but I did it.

    27 in a few minutes, I feel amazing. I see bigger things happening for me this year. 

    To more years, friendships and eating life like a true baby girl πŸ₯‚

    Real joy from within aka when he says “you smell nice”