Something to listen to and to read

I never really spent much time reading newspapers, which is apparent if you ask me about world events, but now that I spend a vast amount of time online, I do stumble across the online versions of the dead tree counterparts more often. There are two media type offerings from The Guardian that I wanted to give a bit of a shout out too.

In my quest to catch up with podcasts (so much easier now I have double speed!) I’ve been listening to Media Talk. It’s a weekly, fast paced look at everything in the world of media – from newspapers, to TV, to blogging plus all that’s in between. It’s probably an acquired taste, as I can imagine the presenters aren’t easy listening for everyone, but I love it, and I find the subjects they cover fascinating.

The other thing I have been liking from The Guardian is the TV Episode blogs. For each episode of popular TV shows, they have a quick blog with updates and opinions on what’s happened plus the best quotes, scenes and music from the episode. Currently, I’m following Being Human, Glee and LOST. They also have others such as Mad Men, and they’re reliving The Wire as well.

To me, it is like that conversation around the water cooler, only via the internet. It works for me as I am usually way behind on programmes such as Being Human – I watch it when I get a moment via the iPlayer. No one that I know in real life watches it, so I get to see what other people think of the show. It’s interesting to read the thoughts of the writer, plus all the comments as well.

If I had time, and watched things on a regular basis, I would be doing something similar!

5 thoughts on “Something to listen to and to read

  1. We love ‘Being Human’ although at any given moment we can be 0,1,2 or 3 episodes behind the schedule, so probably difficult to ‘watercooler’, like yourself!

    Like these blogs though, good call.

  2. I loved the idea of the blogs, especially when you mentioned The Wire as I’m completely hooked at the moment. However, they plot spoil the whole series! Boooo no fair……….

  3. However, they plot spoil the whole series! Boooo no fair……….

    Oh, really? Sorry about that. All the ones I looked at had big spoiler warnings at the top in capital letters. They must have missed some. Boo.

  4. It did have a spoiler warning, but I speed read it and thought it would be a spoiler for that episode not the remainder of the series and the next one. 😦

    Just wondering what the point of the blog is if you do that? I could imagine a cool fan site / analysis type blog in which we could discuss the latest episode. Why spoil the whole series?

  5. I think the Guardian is on about their thrid re-run of the Wire live blogs – they did them at either US pace, or when they were shown on FX, then again when they were on BBC1, and now they have started from the beginning again.

    I like the idea of the blogs, but they are *so* obsessed with The Wire that it kind of spoils everything else for me. Plus the only show I watch that they cover is True Blood, and they get a bit carried away with analysing everything, it loses some of the fun.

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