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Podcast: Cringeworthy Awkwardness
|Podcast: Cringeworthy Awkwardness|
01/30/11 at 11:49 PM by prefix-core
|It's 2:30 in the morning and I'm wide awake, alone in my bedroom, sorting through my brain. I'm jotting things down in list form in an effort to highlight some of the reasons why I'm as angry as I am -- And some potential ways to pull some funny out of it.|
Normally, I do shit like this when I'm stressed. I write things down. It helps me to conceptualize my problems. Hell, that's one of the reasons why I write here. But here's the issue: It doesn't usually solve the problem because there's never any action taken. Most likely because there's no human interaction involved, no discussion has taken place, and there's no real pressure for action to occur.
My solution? I'm starting a podcast. Not because I'm delusional enough to think that a substantial number of people would care about what me and my friends have to talk about. No, it's far more selfish than that: Because it's free therapy! And--quite frankly--I think the concept behind the thing might actually pique the interest of some folks if they were to hear about it.
Here's the current plan: Each episode starts with me reading a LiveJournal entry from my high school or college days. I will have pre-read it, picked some topics that are the focal point of the entry, and discuss it with a few friends. I would try to get a person I knew when the entry was written (the entries are from 2001-2006) and another who knew me after that. If an ex-girlfriend was involved? Pull in the ex. If the focus is a former co-worker? Grab 'em. Maybe even have my parents on at some point. Who knows.
I can see this thing being interesting for a lot of reasons, right down to the simple fact that we're a generation who has grown up documenting our every move. How fucked up is it going to be to look back on it all? How have we changed? How do we still need to change? The topics are endless: Pop-culture, girls, sex, relationships, etc. And everybody can relate to this. Sure, we didn't all spend our days pining over girls that wouldn't talk to us because we wore an over-sized Blink-182 t-shirt. But we all had "firsts." And they were almost all uncomfortable. If you boil it all down to the basics? We're all the same. And we all went through shit. It's owning up to that shit and embracing it that people have a hard time with.
And that's what I'm trying to do. I guess. We'll see. I'm doing a test run of sorts this week. I'll be doing it alone and sending out some copies to friends, just to whet some appetites and get some feedback.
Maybe this will crash and burn, maybe it'll get off the ground. I don't know. But I finally feel inspired to create something. And this seems like it might be my best bet -- I'm verbose, I'm creative, and I can finally put something together that vaguely resembles the college radio show I miss doing oh-so-much.
Now. I just need a title. And some sleep.