Podcasts Are Seriously Underrated, And Here's Why

Podcasts Are Seriously Underrated, And Here's Why

In the modern age, why are podcasts so much less popular than other forms of media?


For the past three years of me being able to drive, I have always listened to my favorite playlist on Spotify, adding new songs as I see fit. It has been a reliable source of entertainment for me when driving for short periods of time, like to school and back. As I began to drive more and had to drive for longer periods of time as a delivery driver, I began to get tired of the same old music that I had always listened to.

I opened up the curious purple app on my phone called podcasts because I needed a change from my music. I looked through and found tons of content that I thought was interesting and started listening to them while driving. First I explored the most popular podcasts like Serial and all of the many ones made by NPR.

Then my own two brothers suggested to me a podcast called My Brother, My Brother, and Me, a comedy advice show where three brothers are posed with questions by their listeners and taking other insane questions from Yahoo Answers. They also sold me on it by saying that Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda was a huge fan of the show.

As I would drive I would listen to more and more podcasts. I found that they were good for more than just driving. They work perfectly for when you're doing chores around your house or dorm or even while doing homework. I think the fact that podcasts are purely auditory with no visual aspect to them allows them to be on in the background without distracting the listener.

Whenever I would do the same thing with movies or other videos, I would always be drawn to the visual aspect of them, because without the visual, the experience is cut in half. But with podcasts, that distraction doesn't exist, and this makes them superior to things like Netflix when multitasking in my opinion.

With the ubiquity of videos on streaming services and other places like Youtube, I think it's clear that videos have become the new standard for entertainment. This standard has been to the detriment of things like books, podcasts, and other forms of entertainment without the same visual stimulation.

This is why I believe that podcasts and other forms of non-visual entertainment are seriously underrated because we expect visual stimulation and these things cannot deliver that. In order to appreciate them, one must first realize the differences between podcasts and videos. Without first understanding the differences, one will become disappointed with the experience of listening to a podcast or reading a book. It's not a question of which one is better, it's about understanding and appreciating the different aspects and uses of each.

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“Losing him was blue like I’ve never known. Missing him was dark grey all alone. Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met. Loving him was red.”

"Red" from the album "Red." This song perfectly describes every feeling that radiates through your entire being when you love and then lose someone.

“I wish we could go back, and remember what we were fighting for. I wish you knew that, I miss you too much to be mad anymore. I wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good. I wish you would.”

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"Call It What You Want To" from the Reputation album. Once in a lifetime, there's someone who looks at your scars and calls you strong and brave, instead of damaged.

“My mother accused me of losing my mind, but I swore I was fine.” 

"Dear John" from Speak now. Love makes you do crazy things.

“One night he wakes, strange look on his face. Pauses then says ‘you’re my best friend’. And you knew what it was. He is in love.” 

"You Are In Love" from the 1989 album. Swift gives me chills with this song. Every time you think you're in love, you realize that the last time wasn't even close. True love, happens once or twice, and not for everyone.

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“Why would you wanna make the very first scar? Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?”

"A Perfectly Good Heart" from the first Taylor Swift album. Some people are only here to take. Never to give or share.

“The rain came pouring down, when I was drowning that’s when I cold finally breathe. And by morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean.”

'Clean' from 1989. It can take years, even lifetimes, to finally feel free from love.

“There I was again tonight, forcing laughter, faking smiles, same old tired lonely place. Walls of insincerity, shifting eyes and vacancy, vanished when I saw your face. All I can say is it was, enchanting to meet you.”

'Enchanted' from Speak Now album. Love at first sight?

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'Love Story' from Fearless album. This song makes me want to take a chance and escape with a stranger.

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"Don't Blame Me" from Reputation. I'm only better when I'm with you.

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