Deep Backward Point

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Tag: Podcast

Couch Talk and the Weird Pleasures of Writing Online

I was re-listening to the Sambit Bal episode of Subash’s excellent Couch Talk podcast, where they have this exchange:

Subash– Another issue that has been raised–
Sambit– Raised by whom?
Subash– By a lot of fans on social media is that there are various articles that are published on the cricinfo with byline as ESPNcricinfo Staff.
Sambit Bal– I think it is a very small group of people raising the issue, very small among the millions of readers.
Subash– Let’s say there was one person who raised the issue. If it is a valid issue, it doesn’t matter how many people have raised it. Under that by-line, if it is strictly news story for 3 or 4 paragraphs, it is perfectly alright. But, there have been instances where opinion has slipped into these stories. How do you keep a track of these things?

In my fantasy, they are talking about me. I am that one person.

The Internet is a great place for cultivating an ego through inconsequential events. I’ve been mentioned twice before on Couch Talk in two separate episodes with Jarrod Kimber. Once indirectly for something I wrote and once directly for something I tweeted.

And while I criticize Cricinfo often, one of the high points of this blog’s short life was being mentioned on Cricinfo’s Surfer.

These mentions made me feel good. And then it made me feel a little dirty– why does it make me feel good to be mentioned by uber-bloggers for inconsequential things?

We live in an echo chamber. It may be a good idea to step outside once in a while.

Couch Talk

Subash Jayaraman recently began a new podcast, and he’s on a roll. The podcast is called Couch Talk, and he’s already but out six top-notch episodes. My favorite episode so far is with Peter Della Penna, the American cricket writer, on a student in Oklahoma became a die-hard cricket fan and journalist. But the rest of the episodes have been really good as well.

One of the strange pleasures of the show is hearing the voices of people I’ve read in blogs and on Twitter:

All episodes are here, and worth your time. (And I hear the next episode is with Jarrod Kimber of cricketwithballs and Spin magazine. Can’t wait.)