Podcasts: My New Favorite Platform

Over the course of the last couple of weeks or so, I really discovered podcasts. I was familiar with the concept of podcasts before, but I didn’t ever really listen to or watch any until fairly recently. What I discovered when I did start listening was a platform that mixes entertainment with education in a beautiful way. Listening to a wide array of people discuss an even wider array of issues and topics is both fun and productive. In this sense, I think that podcasting is a truly revolutionary platform. I’d be amiss if I didn’t point out the fact that podcasting has been around for a relatively long time. My counterpoint to that being that the explosion in the popularity of podcasts occurred much more recently and more people are newly discovering them every day. Moving forward, I think podcasting could be the next great platform of entertainment.

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Musician Post Malone appearing on the H3 Podcast

 

 

To me, podcasts have two very valuable and practical applications. The first of such applications is their value as a form of entertainment. The first podcast I ever listened to with any form of regularity was Bruce Prichard’s Something to Wrestle With, which centers on various topics in the world of professional wrestling and features all sorts of stories from Prichard’s time as both a man behind the scene and as an on-screen personality with the WWE. I find such stories to be extremely enjoyable to hear, seeing as how I am a fairly big fan of professional wrestling. Another favorite podcast of mine for entertainment purposes is the H3 Podcast. This podcast features the team of Ethan and Hila Klein interviewing different personalities from various cultural fields such as the internet, music, and a wide variety of other areas. Their quirky, nerdy, and borderline weird personalities make them beyond entertaining to watch. Their interactions with musician Post Malone, who is a close personal friend of theirs, are my favorite segments from their podcast just because those are some very funny and laid-back personalities colliding to create a wholesomely entertaining and hilarious podcast. Purely from an entertainment standpoint, podcasts are a great medium, if done properly.

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Thumbnail image from Ben Shapiro’s appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience

 

Entertainment value alone does not push podcasting to the forefront of social platforms, however. In my eyes, what pushes them to that next level is their value from an educational standpoint. My favorite podcast to watch with the intention of learning new things about a particular topic is definitely The Joe Rogan Experience. Yes, that Joe Rogan. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the MMA guy. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the host of Fear Factor. I’m talking about Joe Rogan, the comedian. Joe Rogan is clearly not the first name most people would conjure up when they think about educational content on the internet. With that being said, Rogan is clearly an extremely intelligent man. He is very articulate and he pairs himself with a wide variety of guests from all sorts of different backgrounds and viewpoints. Some of my personal favorite episodes of his podcast have featured liberal pundit Kyle Kulinski, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Jordan Peterson, and, perhaps most surprisingly, conservative icon Ben Shapiro. Shapiro’s appearance was particularly enjoyable for me for some peculiar reason. I do not agree with hardly anything he has ever said about political issues or most of his personal beliefs about anything. But with that being said, there is something both very important and deceptively interesting about hearing people discuss viewpoints in opposition to your own. Knowing the other side is half of winning any argument. Shapiro is another very intelligent person and hearing him discuss his views certainly has educational value. Podcasts, in ways that very few (if any) other platforms do, allow for the introduction and understanding of oppositional views in non-hostile and truly interesting ways. Podcasts as educational tool have just as much value as podcasts as forms of entertainment do. I look forward to further exploring the world of podcasting and finding more great content on the platform.

Before I sign off on this article, I just want to point out that the words “Mid-American Culture Podcast” have a very nice ring to them. Just throwing that out there. Thanks for reading!

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Is Homer Bailey’s Contract the Worst in MLB History?

Ever since the Reds decided to resign Homer Bailey in 2014, he has been nothing short of disappointing. Add this to the fact that he is currently in the middle of a six year, $105 million contract, and it should become very apparent that the Reds made a huge mistake. But, is Homer’s contract the worst in the history of the MLB?

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Weekly Waves 33: Walk Up Songs and Entrance Themes

Check out the newest edition of the Weekly Waves series curated by @coryedwards50. This week’s playlist revolves around what the writers would choose as their walk up songs in baseball or their entrance music in professional wrestling, etc.

 

I Guess he’s back, back again.

Good morning everyone. Marvel Comics decided to kill off Wolverine, the mighty mutant Canuck nearly 5 years ago. He died in a series apptly named The Death of Wolverine. Just so everyone knew what was coming.

Wolverine was a very popular character for decades. He was the crop of characters that joined the X-Men in the late 1970’s. He had previously been introduced fighting the Incredible Hulk over in his book.

Wolverine would spend the 80’s and 90’s growing into one of Comics most popular characters selling with the likes of Spider-Man, Batman, and the Fantastic Four.

Wolverine or Logan as he was known to his friends, was a killing machine that was impossible to kill. He would end up with a heart of gold though and would take the scared, new mutant kids under his wing and teach them the way of the Samurai and stuff.

Bad thing was, Wolverine was so popular it became a running joke about how in the hell he could appear in 7 x-men books, his own book, a one shot special and make a guest appearances in Daredevil all in the same month?

The biggest blow to good ole Logan would be the inevitable washing away of what made him cool in the first place. Wolverine was really a man of mystery set to fits of bezerker rage. He didn’t know who he was or where he came from.

Marvel would eventually throw all that out the door. He even gave up his iconic cigars. I mean it’s cool if YOU smoke Logan, you have a mutant healing factor! No, Marvel would take away all the mystery in 2 mini series called Origin.

Origin would take away all the mystery from the story. Who he was, which was apparently a rich land owner’s son. It just stole the mystique of the character and he couldn’t go back. So while Origin sold very well, it would only go down hill. Because when he was an unstoppable weapon of death he still had no idea about himself. He constantly battled his demons and wether or not he was a man or an animal. Now he was no more complex a character than any one else. James Howlett was his real name, and he was actually an heir to a rich family name and was nigh invulnerable. Essentially Batman and Superman mashed together.

No one was interested in this. They made him a head master at the Xavier school. Now Wolverine was a teacher. They had him and Storm date post her divorce from the Black Panther. He would lose his healing factor. Then get a super suit. No one cared. Let’s just kill him off.

So he died.

He was still around though. Hugh Jackman was ever present on screen. During the Secret Wars story line a alternate universe Old Man Logan would be brought to the main stream. The Ultimate Universe Logan had a son named Jimmy Hudson who would show up in X-Men Blue, and normal universe Daken would be around on drugs and fighting Moon Knight. Plus, you had the next gen Wolvie, Laura Kinney. Laura was a clone of Logan who had a messed up story and lots of doubt about who she was, coupled with “are clones even real people” syndrome that most fictional clones seem to have.

She would step up to fill Logan’s blue boots. It would be pretty awesome. They would take all the good and cool of the legend of Wolverine and not give it all away. Plus little girls could pull the claws now and ask random bubs what was up? Oh and plus Honey Badger! She’s a clone of Laura and she’s just a kid but tons of fun.

Well, like all things in comicdom, James Howlett AKA Logan AKA Wolverine is coming back. Something about a damn infinity stone because there’s a Marvel Movie about Infinity Stones so we gotta cram that into the comic pages. With Logan’s return, they have kicked Laura out of her All-New Wolverine costume and back to her X-23 belly shirt. It’s kinda sad. She had grown a lot as a character in the last four years.

Have a great week everyone and like always Make Mine Mid-American-Culture!

What We Would Like to See in Fallout 76

Hello everybody, and welcome back to the Mid-American page. Just in case you live under a rock, Bethesda announced that there will be a new game in the Fallout series. Fallout is based in a post-apocalyptic America and you are usually searching for one person. These games are amazing and provide the player with hours upon hours of play time. Even though the announcement of this game really makes no sense because it took seven years for Fallout 4 and it has been seven years since Skyrim. However, I am not going to complain. There are many things Bethesda does well but here are some things we are wanting and expecting to see.

Online Mode

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Fallout has not had  great online options. However, the rumor is that Bethesda is going to tackle this one by putting an online survival mode. I truly hope this means a game kind of like the original H1Z1 and not a battle royale mode. It would give console gamers a new feel and interest. The battle royale thing is getting super played out since Fortnite and PUBG, plus Red Dead Redemption is rumored to have a battle royale mode.

Story Mode

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This story mode can be very different if they want. This is a huge prequel for this game because this game is going to take place 25 years after the bombs dropped. Also in the trailer, Country Roads is playing in the background which probably means this game will mainly take place in  West Virginia and it makes since due to the mentioning of Vault 76 in Fallout 3 being near the Virginia area. There is only one person shown in the trailer and this very well could be our bad guy. It will be interesting seeing how the wastelands look once we escape the vault.

The Detail and Easter Eggs

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This series is very rich in interesting settings and details. I hope they continue this in Fallout 76. In Fallout 4, one of the main cities was Diamond City. Diamond City was obviously paying homage to Fenway Park in Boston, and it looked beautiful. Given, there is not much to see in West Virginia, but they can make the country side look amazing. Another part they do good at is the Easter eggs. It is always refreshing to see something you recognize randomly in a game. This game is sort of an Easter egg itself. However, here is all the Easter eggs that were found in Fallout 4.

What would you like to see in Fallout 76? Let us know in the comments. Unfortunately, I do not think we will hear anything else for this game until E3. However, thank you for spending apart of your Friday and stay tuned in for more fresh daily content from me and the rest of the Mid-American crew,