The News Media say:
There’s a problem and no institution or government is doing anything to fix it.
The Podcasts say:
There’s a problem and you can fix it—here’s how.
Wait, That’s Generalizing!
Yes, but I recently heard a segment on NPR in which the reporter moved seamlessly from describing a problem through interviews to identifying the fact that no government program exists to address the problem.
And I remember thinking the problem didn’t seem like the kind of thing we Americans usually take before City Council or Congress.
Then it dawned on me that most of the podcasts I’ve been listening to over the last year—like The Tim Ferriss Show, The Art of Charm, The Art of Manliness—had a strikingly different angle.
The podcasts often focus on things I can do to overcome my problems, and the hosts interview people who discovered new resources of resilience, innovation, and ingenuity in the face of difficulties.
Of course not all problems can be solved by an individual on his/her own. Sometimes you, I, need real help from others. Good government can play a healthy role in a civil society.
But consider the general inclinations and the basic outlooks in old media and new.
The old news media assumes, more often than not, that elected officials and governmental bodies are the first sources of solutions.
The newer realm of podcasts, more often than not, tells you how you can be the first source of your solutions.
What a significant difference in attitude.
And the latter is so much more appealing.