Embedded below (through SoundCloud) is my final project!!! I created a podcast titled “Netflix: Fact or Fiction” that is a podcast that combines history with pop culture/modern day TV shows that are inspired by history and historical locations. In this podcast, we take a look at some historical facts or other information about an area and then compare it to shows that have been created inspired by that history!
***Side note*** I truly want to apologize for the sound/dryness/poor quality of my voice on the recording, I contracted strep throat at the beginning of this week (perfect timing!) and wasn’t actually able to talk much until the latter half of the week which set me back. This led to a lot of coughing and therefore stops and starts so I could cut those parts out, my apologies.
About the Process:
- Last week’s brainstorming time was really helpful in that I had a complete idea of what I wanted to accomplish, and so now all I had to do was try and execute it the best I could without wasting any more time not knowing what to do yet. That week consisted of conducting the majority of the historical I wanted to include in the podcast, but luckily I found a great website that consolidated my efforts in one place. I created a resource page that I will link here in this sentence as well as further down in this post that includes links to the sources I used for the historical research. I give all historical knowledge credit/information to that source!!!
- The other aspect of the show was opinion based commentary, so it was easier to gather however it did need to be organized. Based on blogs I read and my own views on the show, I came up with points I wanted to discuss about each show (Outer Banks and American Horror Story Season 6: Roanoke) compared to the history I introduced each with (the Lost Colony and a broader look at the history and current makeup of the Outer Banks).
- Now it was time to record. I had used the Voice Memo app on my iPhone and Mac in my previous audio project with my group earlier in the semester, and so I decided to do so again because the quality was the best i’m able to produce from where I am. I recorded 14 separate audio tracks that would make up the podcast: most of them were me speaking (Intro, Outro, Prelude section 1, Prelude Section 2, Main Story Section 1 & 2 etc.), then there was background music for certain parts of the podcast, theme songs for the TV shows discussed, sound effects, and memorable audio clips from the TV shows.
- Voice memos are automatically saved as the “Filename.m4a” version of audio files, so I used iTunes to convert each individual audio file to an .mp3 file so they could be uploaded and edited in Audacity.
- I used Audacity to edit together my entire podcast – the bulk of the heavy lifting happened there. One by one I uploaded the clips in the order I wanted, using the “Fade In” and “Fade Out” Effects between clips as well as the Envelope Tool to quiet background music when I wanted it to play behind a speaking part. It was a very time consuming and finicky process to say the least. But I like Audacity and had been able to practice getting my bearings with it earlier in the semester, so it was nice to use it again with some experience.
- Once everything sounded the way I wanted, the podcast landed at a little over 40 minutes and I was pleased because there is not a lot of filler it is predominantly active content. I listened through it all together and when I was finally happy with it, I uploaded it into SoundCloud with an episode title and cover image. The last step then was to embed it here in this #finalproject summary post.
- On another note, I referenced a lot of images/concepts throughout the podcast that I wanted my audience to be able to see if they wanted to, so I created a Podcast Resource Page that has pictures and descriptions about the things and ideas discussed throughout the podcast. This page is a separate blog post I created here on my WordPress blog and has media (mostly images) relevant to the podcast, as well as credit to the sources I used when researching the podcast. Please check it out. (P.S. All the media I included for the resource page is embedded directly into the resource page, not linked, just the sources are linked.
- Finally, I wanted to give a specific shoutout to what the #outstory theme meant to me in making this podcast and how it relates to the final project. I actually speak this excerpt (copied below) in the podcast itself near the end but I will include the script of what I am saying below as I want my idea to (hopefully) come across clearly:
“Looking back on history is a great way to better understand where we have come from, and how far we have come as a species. Right now, I’m sitting on the same ground under the same sun where Native Americans first settled the land, where colonists sailed across the sea to establish themselves, where Civil War conflicts erupted and where slaves ran for their freedom, where pirates smuggled jewels and where the first airplane took flight. And now I’m in the modern world and that all seems so crazy and amazing. The way that that history has been internalized, interpreted, and recreated helps show us how we have changed over time and how much we do or don’t understand the past. I think that our perception of history truly shows the mindset of our times, and how we tell that history will reveal if we have learned anything at all from the mistakes and triumphs that came before us. And today, Media is one of the tools we have at our disposal to reinterpret and create new art out of that history. That is why I love historical fiction, and why I created this podcast. The shows I referenced today weren’t the deepest examples of this concept in action, but there is something there in the ability for us to use online tools, cameras, editing software, production equipment, and every other tool we have in this new age to create entire TV shows that are a reflection of our moment in history. This is how we retell, recreate, and reimagine our story“.
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I cannot believe the semester has almost come to an end and we are turning in our final project for this class. I have learned so much this semester and I truly enjoyed what we got to do and see throughout this class. Thank you DS106 for a great semester, and a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the digital world. Thanks for teaching us how to better listen to and tell stories digitally so that they can be fluid, dynamic, interesting, and meaningful.
As always, thanks for listening. I truly hope you enjoy. Bye for now.