So I just make some touch-ups on my Podcast and have a few thoughts on the process I thought might be worth sharing with y’all.
For this assignment, I re-mediated an argumentative journal article which might be found in Foreign Policy Magazine into a podcast which one might listen to on NPR, and specifically on “Talk of the Nation.”
The new broadcast retains the same title that I gave my journal article, “Measuring Equality in a Globalized World: A theoretical approach to evaluating how the international community understands global women’s rights and advocates on behalf of them,” however I had to change quite a bit about the information which was presented in the Re-purposed assignment to fit appropriately into this new medium.
What has been the most challenging about this assignment is that my thoughts have really been evolving quite dramatically as I’ve put more thought into the initial argument that I presented. I took a pretty strong stance in my re-purposed assignment, but did not necessarily propose any solution. I merely stated that I believe the approach that the US has taken towards improving the status of women is problematic and needs to be discussed.
As the semester has progressed, I’ve continued to do a lot more research on the subject of human rights, interventions of the UN and World Bank in development, and on women’s equality around the world. I’ve realized how incredibly narrow my article is! Granted, argumentative articles in Foreign Policy Magazine do not necessarily take on all objections and complexities of an issue, but I realized in my research that all my journal article really did was introduce a problematic issue.
I couldn’t ignore all these additional questions I was having regarding my subject matter. There is so much more that needs to be explained, developed, and tested, and the format of a journal article didn’t allow me to do this–but the Re-Mediated assignment did.
Initially, I thought that my talk-show would be an insightful dialogue between 2 visiting scholars who has opposite perspectives on the argument I presented. Then I though that such a drastic range of opinions would be awkward, and definitely not the type of broadcast NPR airs. So then I though I would just talk with two scholars who presented compatible ideas regarding the subject matter–but there was still something unsatisfying about this. It seemed too one-sided to be, and that is certainly not the style of NPR.
I decided instead to make the talk-show a presentation of a controversial research project. Instead of just presenting more arguments either in favor of my initial idea or against it, I decided it would be most appropriate to make the subject of discussion for the podcast an investigation to either prove or dispute my argument.
The title of the research project that the two professors conducted, and which they present on the show, is entitled “Measuring Gender Equality: Approaches and Incentives for Improving the Status of Women.”
I’m pleased with the Re-Mediation and with the approach I decided to take on it overall, but am a bit concerned about the tone of voice of my roommates when they read the script I gave them. Let’s just say they’re not aspiring talk-show personalities…but I think that this is probably a minor issue for the assignment. After all, not everyone can listen to podcasts, which is why interview transcripts or See Full Story is always included for the stories broadcasted on NPR’s website.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS! Holler at me if you need some Garage Bank pointers!