Let’s start off with how cool DS 106 radio was/is, cause it is pretty cool. I enjoyed the aspect of live tweeting as a group. Mostly because it was basically the only time most of the class seemed to be on twitter from what I can tell. While we all check twitter and each others blogs through out the week this felt a lot more interactive even if you weren’t directly tweeting at each other tweets stemmed from larger group conversation. I mean everyone had some strong opinions on the whole pig saga on Tuesday’s live broadcast. (Mostly on the pigs themselves mind you.)
I felt it was a good experience to have the class all working together like that, or as much of the class as was able to during the live feed. The amount of participation also grew from the first broadcast to later ones which was cool to see. On a side note DS106 radio as an identity is a cool thing. I would always turn it on earlier than the start time (because I was nervous about missing anything) and the kinds of music and stories it played at other moments was an interesting selection. I am pretty curious to understand where and why those stories and songs were curated for the radio. Especially the stories that I heard pieces of felt really old school style so I am curious about their source. The existence of an online radio for an online class though is a great concept. I knew DS 106 had a lot of layers to it before I started this course but I do not think I understood just how much it had until I started.
I thought Limetown was a good Podcast to analyze because it really did have a strong combinations of sounds and music. As was mentioned it really did have a cinematic sound to the whole podcast and it was fun to approach it from both a sound aspect as well as a story telling aspect. There was a lot to get out of the podcasts as complex works and I enjoyed working through them. Also I again point out that the Panic described (when we finally got that information) sounded a lot like the Cultural Revolution in China. Except in reverse order this time with the old rebelling against the new, but the violence and quick turn that was described immediately resonated with me as a connection with that historic event. (Maybe that’s just because I’ve written papers on the subject but I think that was intentional.)
It was a good experience live tweeting the podcast though because it is the most active conversation I have felt with my fellow classmates. Mostly because unlike commenting on blogposts where you might be in connection with one maybe two people the twitter aspect brought a lot more of us into conversation with one another in real time.