Interesting. I never thought about the affects of podcasts on speech patterns and behavior. I have two podcast sources that I listen to, mostly when on the treadmill or cooking.
Podcasts & audiobooks are my favorite when folding laundry, cleaning, doing dishes or other repetitive manual tasks.
I find myself opening them too on my bicycle commute, but I find it much harder to concentrate there and often skip back to re-listen. It’s similar with cooking, which I can’t do on auto-pilot. It seems you can!
Thor, I totally get where you are coming from. I could NEVER listen to a podcast while bicycling - way too distracting, and dangerous! When I’m on the treadmill, I have a pen and pad near by so I can straddle the moving belt and take a note or two. I do the same when cooking. I’ll pause the podcast and jot down some of the important material. My cooking is super basic, usually not more than 5 ingredients. The one podcast that is my favorite actually provides a transcript which makes it super easy to quickly review the information.
Cool connections between anecdotal present observations and history here! I think the parallels are a bit far-fetched and ignoring historically different contexts, but, podcasts are an accessible medium to transfer ideas, in some ways maybe even more than textual media or programmed radio. One can only hope that more access to (good) information helps humanity make progress.
I also thought the examples were a bit selective. Intellectual conversations also exist outside of American universities and Silicon Valley, I’m sure these rural Swedish friends also listened to some good Swedish podcasts.
Interesting. I suppose this is more evidence of the broader theme of what I know: I must be mindful of what I consume on the internet as my subconscious is taking in so much that shapes the way I behave, sometimes in ways I don't like.
Yes, 100%! Mimicry is so powerful. I occasionally notice myself taking over someone else’s mannerisms. Sometimes I find it cool, other times it freaks me out. It happens mostly with people I’m regularly in touch with, but also with TV series characters. Not sure yet if I’ve taken over things from podcasts, online discussions, or textual/visual social media. Probably yes.