The ‘Friends’ Edition.

Already this blog is proving mildly difficult for me to commit to, partly due to my slow internet connection and also partly due to the lack of thoughts I consider to be “blog-worthy” as such. However, I’m still quite determined to update at least once a fortnight, so consider this entry as the turning over of a new leaf, a new beginning, all that jazz.

Podcasts have been a longtime enjoyment of mine, I suppose you could say. As with many people I know, my first ever podcast experience began with Mugglecast.     For those of you (not that there’s probably anyone other than myself reading this post, but I shall continue to address my pretend audience anyway) who are unfamiliar with Mugglecast, it is the leading Harry Potter podcast and has been for several years. It is the podcast of  Mugglenet , which is the internet’s number 1 Harry Potter fansite and a site I began visiting when I was about nine or ten years old. Mugglenet was really the first website I experienced that was operated for fans, by fans. It was founded by Emerson Spartz’s brilliant 12-year old self, and it’s become such a reliable source of news, comfort, interaction and the basis of the Harry Potter fandom over the years. What began as something as simple as a Harry Potter fan website has developed into something truly wonderful and now Emerson has his own company called Spartz Media which runs an awesome network of sites, including Gives Me Hope  and Unfriendable amongst others.

Anyway, back to Mugglecast! It’s relatively simple concept, 3 or 4 people discussing Harry Potter news, going Chapter by Chapter through the books and talking through DVD releases, Pottermore and other things developing in the fandom; but it is a continuous conversation that I am yet  to tire of. As a Literature student, simply hearing someone deeply exploring one of my favourite texts on both a narrative and a linguistic level is actually quite fulfilling for me. It’s a true notion that sometimes I prefer to just listen to Andrew, Eric and Micah instead of socialising with actual people, but I just get that way sometimes, I suppose. Other podcasts I listen to are Hype and Hypable’s Glee Chat, which I’m sure you can find by simply visiting Hypable.com or anything Andrew Sims-related. Podcasts are great just before bed, and as a post-study reward.

And now we come to the meaning behind the blog post title!

My most recent podcast discovery is the Edition podcast, which stems from this website.     The website’s tagline is “Edition is your own personal filter. The internet is loud.”, which is a concept I thoroughly appreciate, and the website is basically a collection of quite interesting posts that would otherwise go unseen.  Continue reading