Let’s talk about… History Podcasts

Reden wir über… Geschichts-Podcasts

Abstract: Looking at the development of the media formats used to represent and convey history over the past three to four decades, several phenomena can be observed: History is often staged emotionally and visually. What is offered differentiates itself and increasingly relies on multimedia. Cutting sequences and product lengths are oriented towards an economy of attention. But a format seems like a counter-draft to these observations: History is told in  podcasts on history. In detail and slowly. And many listeners enthusiastically listen to them. But why?
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14754
Languages: English, German

Looking at the development of the media formats used to represent and convey history over the past three to four decades, several phenomena can be observed: History is often staged emotionally and visually. What is offered differentiates itself and increasingly relies on multimedia. Cutting sequences and product lengths are oriented towards an economy of attention. But a format seems like a counter-draft to these observations: History is told in  podcasts on history. In detail and slowly. And many listeners enthusiastically listen to them. But why?

 

Audio Features as a “Parent Generation” 

Already in the first half of the 20th century the format of radio features developed in radio journalism. The term “feature” itself was coined in 1939 as part of the BBC series “Experimental Hour”.[1] Among radio journalists, the feature is regarded as a free form of narration; it is an entertaining audio format with a length usually ranging from a fe…


Categories: 7 (2019) 30
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14754

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