We often assign the word “murder” with special properties such as “brutal”, “bloody” and “masculine”. It occurs that podcast producers, especially females, never had a chance to sit down and have a chill talk about murders. A comedy true-crime podcast called My Favorite Murder, however, broke the status quo and set the precedent of women participating in the discussion of murder.
In this podcast episode of media nouveau, Mckenzie and I analyzed My Favorite Murder from multiple aspects and linked it with the role new media plays in feminism and the society. For the recording, we took a quite distinctive approach: we decided to improvise through the whole process instead of depending on a well-written script. McKenzie acted as an expert for our object of discussion while I acted as an outsider who gave out my first impression and asked questions to further my understanding of what was going on. At the same time, my goal was to ensure that the questions I posed were instructional (i.e. enabling the content of the podcast to flow smoothly). This was challenging due to my non-native English speaking background. I coped with the challenge by familiarizing myself with the in-class reading materials in advance and, during the recording, summarizing instantly what Mckenzie spoke about while connecting it immediately with the readings as well as the other major topic of our podcast: feminism. As a result, my Critical Thinking and Reading Resulting in “Writing” skill was greatly improved. (In this case though, the writing was implicitly shown through the output of improvisational knowledge. but it is true that the producing of the podcast honed my critical thinking and reading skill.)
My ability to collaborate also became better. I guided the conversation towards the direction that helped Mckenzie address her main arguments, while Mckenzie responded to my personal reactions when she expanded her statements. In short, we aligned our thoughts and together generated a conversation both informative and casual.
Finally, the improvisation provided me with a completely different rhetorical situation from those of the podcasts I produced. This time it resembled more of a talk show rather than a well-prepared performance which characterized my former podcast series. I felt nervous because of my fear of making mistakes, while refreshed because of the unknown possibilities of our conversation. This unique experience reminded me of the liveblogging I did in my first-year writing class. And I believe it is still worthy of bringing the improvisational aspect into my future writing (just like liveblogging) and compare it with normal writing.