Please start a general Politics/Technology/Society podcast

Hey Jim and A.Ron, would you please consider a podcast (even once a month) which focuses on the intersection between politics, technology, and society?  I just listened to your podcast on "This Giant Beast" and was riveted.  I feel like you both have a somewhat unique world view, liberal bent (A.Ron maybe a tad more to the left ;-), solid technical background, open mind, and natural sense of curiosity which would make for a fantastic show.

A monthly, deep dive podcast into a relevant topic of the day (e.g. current backlash against big tech, rise of young democratic representatives with more socialist policies, 2020 presidential election, etc.) would be enlightening and would generate some fantastic forum discussions.

@Bald Movers, what do you think?  Would you be interested in this type of a show from the boys?
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Comments

  • I disagree that they have unique views. The forum audience would undoubtedly agree with their opinions and beliefs. It'll be an instance of telling the audience what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. Which is why it'll be popular.

    I'd like to see them discuss a topic for half the podcast, then argue opposing sides for the other half.
    For example, say the big topic of the week is "Google/Youtube rolls out new censorship guidelines" (which covers tech, politics nicely). They then discuss the main articles surrounding it, the justifications used, the resistances to it.
    They then decide beforehand, or flip a coin, and argue against one another - Does youtube need censorship? What constitues censorship? Who should decide? What are the short term effects? The long term effects? Etc.
    The guys then can conclude by saying what their thoughts were going into the podcast, then what their thoughts are coming out of the podcast.

    Audience participation could decide future topics.

    note: I haven't listened to the second podcast covering "The Giant Beast" yet. Just the first.
    telephoneofmadnessrhcoopmylifeaskirk
  • edited March 4
    I actually like the way it is now: When appropriate, weaving in expanded discussions Because the show/movie they are talking about has wider relevance. 
    gguenot
  • rhcooprhcoop Knoxville, Tn
    MikeO said:
    I disagree that they have unique views. The forum audience would undoubtedly agree with their opinions and beliefs. It'll be an instance of telling the audience what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. Which is why it'll be popular.

    I'd like to see them discuss a topic for half the podcast, then argue opposing sides for the other half.
    For example, say the big topic of the week is "Google/Youtube rolls out new censorship guidelines" (which covers tech, politics nicely). They then discuss the main articles surrounding it, the justifications used, the resistances to it.
    They then decide beforehand, or flip a coin, and argue against one another - Does youtube need censorship? What constitues censorship? Who should decide? What are the short term effects? The long term effects? Etc.
    The guys then can conclude by saying what their thoughts were going into the podcast, then what their thoughts are coming out of the podcast.

    Audience participation could decide future topics.

    note: I haven't listened to the second podcast covering "The Giant Beast" yet. Just the first.
    I agree, there is a lot of preaching to the choir in regards to politics.  That's not necessarily a ding on the shows, but that is a fact.

    I like the point counterpoint approach you mention above.  It could lead to some interesting discussions that might not happen otherwise. 
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited March 4
    MikeO said:
    I disagree that they have unique views. The forum audience would undoubtedly agree with their opinions and beliefs. It'll be an instance of telling the audience what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. 

    This is not at all true. Their politics definitely has a leftist bent, but when they talk about politics it’s very rarely of the simplistic “Trump sucks” variety. They don’t just preach to the choir. I’ve learned a lot of things I didn’t previously know about from their discussions (and rants) about politics and social issues in the US (I am not American), and about technology generally. Even with topics I disagree with them about (e.g. guns), I still come away with new information and something to think about when they speak about it. 
    CretanBull
  • MikeO said:
    I disagree that they have unique views. The forum audience would undoubtedly agree with their opinions and beliefs. It'll be an instance of telling the audience what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. Which is why it'll be popular.

    I'd say they have unique viewpoints in that their background is quite different from a lot of people with liberal worldview - i.e. getting out of JW, being fairly conservative as a young adult (at least in ARon's case) - so hearing their views with that context does add something worth listening to, for me at least. It's not just that "here's what I think is right" - it's often "I used to think a lot differently and here is why I've changed my mind."
    DeeReniNoel
  • JoshTheBlackJoshTheBlack Atlanta, GA
    I think Jim has stated several times he has no interest in doing a politics podcast whatsoever, and I don't think the A.Ron solo politics hour would work so well.  I also think that its impossible to have a real discussion about politics in our current climate without inviting massive amounts of abuse.  Sure, the core BM audience who tend to align more closely with J&A will love it, but there will be plenty of people who disagree and can't be civil about it that will cover their inboxes with hate.  

    While I would love to hear A.Ron speak about politics in general, and its intersection with technology specifically; I think A.Ron needs to find another co-host for such a venture.  I think their time and energy might be better spent on avenues that strengthen their offerings without inviting abuse.  (Like hiring an employee, advertising, merchandise, more movie/TV coverage.)  

    I do love the political talk on Lunches, but I'm sure there are people who don't.
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