Still figuring out what this newsletter is, I’m torn between aggregation and writing. The inputs vary from blog posts, Twitter threads, and the occasional video. Podcasting seems oddly muzzled by the acceleration of streaming. Blog posts are a misnomer; professional blogs represent the bulk of news and media citations, not usually the single voices of RSS yore. Linear media is bifurcated between quick takes like The Recount and user tweets of streaming cable news. Podcasting meets longer form streaming with live casting on Facebook Live, Twitter (formerly Periscope)
YouTube and nascent LinkedIn live. As I discovered during a Restreamed recording session of the Gang, the Facebook Live version includes real-time captioning. On this version of the show, recorded four days before the Inauguration of the Biden presidency, a familiar mood radiates from the Zoom cast. Anxiety, tinged with doubt that we will escape the grip of the pandemic any time soon, or the blight of Trump-o-comics at all. Now, as I post this, there’s a reasonable chance of a renewal of rationality and respect. Then, it was a jump ball at best.
When we record the show, I leave either CNN or MSNBC on the monitor behind me. Given that we configure Zoom in Gallery Mode, for the most part, that ups the chance that one of us will notice if some breaking news (haha) appears. It’s mainly for the sense of being plugged in without being overwhelmed by the repetitive analysis that, oh, yes, we are in deep trouble. Calm anxiety beats plain old pressure most of the time.
Nonetheless, I still get complaints from viewers to turn it off. I like the delay of the real-time version to accommodate post-production sweetening with music and lower third titles. The interval gives me a chance to come up with a theme for this post to accompany the mixed show, and it allows for some of the buzzy issues to recede in favor of more sticky foreshadowing of the next show. Around this time, we usually come up with a title for the show. You may not find this all that interesting, but it helps me endure my pathetic contributions to the show.