Podcasts...Here to Stay?

Over Christmas break I drove over 32 hours to Texas and back to Georgia. After 8 hours of driving, yes 8 hours specifically, music becomes increasingly irritating. First, you've listened to all of the songs you like, second, you've listened to all of the songs you like multiple times, and third, you start to hate all of the songs you like.  Driving is fun for like 100 miles and then after that your brain starts to wander and if you don't listen to something then you'll either die of boredom or fall asleep at the wheel. And so to save myself from both those fates I stumbled upon the glory that is the podcast. There is literally a podcast for everything. Celtic Mythology, check. Design, check. People wrongfully or rightfully in prison, check. The exact height of Jake Gyllenhaal, check. I love reading so I never really considered podcasts as a source for consuming information until I was forced. Before my enlightening, I thought podcasts were just like radio talk shows, which they kind of are except with an infinite amount of channels and topics. Podcasts are so cool. I can listen to them while I'm driving or while I'm getting ready in the morning. Some of my favorite podcasts are 99% Invisible, Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Mystery Show, Ted Radio Hour, and Celtic Myth Podshow. Not only are they entertaining, but also very informative.


I think my love for podcasts is pretty obvious, and after a little research I realized I wasn't the only one. In an article by Martha Ross for San Jose Mercury News, Ross discusses the phenomenon of podcasts and there rise to popularity as a source for information. Like most people my first exploration with podcasts was due to the popularity of the "Serial" podcast. Once I finally opened the podcast app on my phone in order to listen to "Serial" I discovered the wondrous world that awaited me. For me, it is an important media source that keeps me informed about the design industry and current news. It has drastically changed the way I consume information, before it was mostly through social media sites and blogs. So is the popularity of podcasts to stay? Or will it fade when the hype about "Serial" is over? In an article by Parviz Parvizi and David Silverman,  Parvizi and Silverman discuss the future of podcasts. The biggest challenges podcasts face according to Parvizi and Silverman are cultivating a growing audience and generating money. Solving these challenges might solidify podcasts as an increasingly important information source moving into the future.