Serial and the uncomfortable sensation of reality radio


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#2

…leads to complex feelings. Yes, please go on…

That blog post left me wanting answers that apparently just are not coming. Just like Serial.


#3

Did the remaining 3/4 of this article get deleted, or was it intended to say absolutely nothing?


#4

Im not exactly sure what this article is trying to say… a grizzly murder story is popular?

Anyway, The Moth is fantastic non fiction, and those stories almost always have a clear and satisfying resolution, you should check it out.


#5

Serial lacks some serious portrayal of the victim, her family and the implications of the crime and trial and their life. Very one sided.


#6

I wrote about Serial today: “We have to go back!” Getting Lost in the Serial Podcast


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I’ll admit to being kind of confused by this type of comment, which has been appearing re: Serial in a dozen different forms over the last few weeks. There isn’t enough of a portrayal of the victim; there isn’t enough of a discussion of the racial dynamics of the jury; there isn’t enough of a discussion of what we need to do to end urban poverty; there isn’t an enough of an analysis of the immigrant experience, etc.

Why can’t Serial “just” be a story about trying to determine the true facts of the murder? Why does it have to be all-encompassing?


#8

Wow… that would be like another 17 episodes!


#9

I think there’s been enough of a portrayal, and respect for, the victim. Especially given that her familly, understandably, don’t want to participate. They also spent a big chunk of time on the undercurrent of prejudice during jury selection and during the trial (if that’s what you mean by racial dynamics, muslims aren’t a race). You’re right about your main point though, the Serial people can make Serial be about whatever they want. If someone wants to do a podcast about the societal factors that are involved in crime, no one is going to stop them (though this case wouldn’t be a good example of that).


#10

Yes, I know Muslims aren’t a race. I was referring to critiques like this one, which I believe miss the point of what Serial is and criticize it for not doing what a different project would have done.


#11

yeah, and I agree with that.

also, that blog was written before the episode (it was either 9 or 10) that dealt with most of the things it was criticising came out.


#12

Whatever the intentions of the author, it does indeed say next to nothing more than “Interesting popular podcast is popular. And interesting!” It made me feel like a high school teacher reading freshman essays written during the first day of class.


#13

Not for lack of trying though…


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