The Perfect Platform

This was a great podcast that kept me interested the whole time I was listening. This is one of the first podcasts I have listened to and after experiencing this one, it has definitely opened my eyes up to a new platform of storytelling and getting your point across. It is a great way to really sense what the person is feeling and thinking, which really helped me understand the story of Adnan Syed. The podcast was great with grabbing the attention of the listener. They used recorded calls, interviews and old letters to add substance to the story, rather then just one person saying what happened. The use of other people talking and reading of letters was a great way to keep me interested and it allowed me to believe there was no bias being shown by the speaker. I also enjoyed the sound effects, music, and pauses that really added to the suspense and overall interest of the whole story. I really liked hearing the thoughts of the speaker, because it was a much different approach to a story, rather then just reading a book or watching a movie, it added substance and I liked hearing how the speaker reacted to the evidence she was faced with and comparing it with how I interpreted it.

 

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Adnan shortly before his conviction.

 

The platform of a podcast was a great way to present investigative journalism because it allowed so much more then any other platform could. The podcast was great because you could actually hear the interviews of the people around and involved in the crime, which helps with understanding what happened and who the suspicious characters are. It also gives all the information about the story in detail clearly, and allows the listener to make their own opinion after hearing the perspectives of everyone and hearing the story of both sides. The best part of having this on a podcast is that it is so convenient. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy, while you listen and make your opinion and interpretations on the story.

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Adnan over 15 years after the conviction, still in jail.

I loved the aspect of listening to the story, especially for a story like this. I enjoyed listening to it, rather then reading because I felt that the tone of voice, and the way things were being said was a major importance for a story like this. For example when you are hearing the interviews of Rabia and the brother, you can hear it in there voice how shocked they are that he was convicted, and how they believed he was genuinely a great guy. This ads a lot more to the story then just reading it in on paper because you do not feel the emotion and the confidence in it. It is also very important when you are listening to the interview of Jay with the police. When you are listening him tell his story, there is a lot of uncertainty and stuttering in his voice which gives me the impression that he is lying and is a suspicious character. I also loved to hear the insight of the speaker through telling the story and hearing how she interpreted everything that was happening. This made the story more interesting to me and it made me feel more comfortable, like a friend is speaking to me rather then just reading a random story. However listening to one person tell a story and listen to the way that they interpret could lead to bias. Since you are listening to her speak and talk about the evidence, you have to listen to her opinion on the facts and this could sway your opinion. Overall Listening to the story was a great way for me to understand it fully, and stay interested at all times.

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Adna Syed and Hae Min Lee at homecoming before they broke up.

At the beginning of the podcast Sarah started to talk about how we forget what we did on a given day so easily and showed some examples of that. This is a very important topic to talk about for this podcast because the memory of that given day is everything for the case. They rely on remembering exactly what happened over 15 years ago, which is what makes it so hard for the alibis to help Adnan get out of jail. Personally I find it really hard to remember what I did even last week, let alone years. I know that it is really common to not recall what happened on a given day and that is why it is so hard for Adnan to be considered innocent and get out of jail. The article “why we remember things so wrong” from The New Yorker talks about how humans struggle with remembering past days events wrong, and how we mix things up. The fact that humans can’t remember exactly what happened on a certain day is a big problem for the case of Adnan Syed. The alibis who were with Adnan at the time of the murder could not help him because they can barely recall what happened, what time it was or how he behaved. The fact that know one could help him go against the story that Jay told, and explain where he was for those 21 minutes is the main reason that he is sitting in prison today.

Overall the podcast was a great way to showcase this story and case to other people. The convenience, the ability to hear the emotion and tone of the people involved and the exposure to the insight of the speaker shows why this is the perfect platform for Adnan’s story.

Works Cited:

Konnikova, Maria. “Why We Remember So Many Things Wrong.” The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 24 May 2017. Web. 28 May 2017.

Koenig, Sarah. “Serial: The Alibi.” Thames Valley DSB. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2017.

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