By Tanner Anderson, Page Editor
Fellow students, lend me your ears. Well, since I’m not literally saying this to you, just lend me your attention.
The Optimist needs you to voice your opinion or at least post a comment or two on our Web site, because we currently are about to undertake a new project known as Podcasting.
Not only will you be able to read about current events and view our amazing broadcasts, readers and viewers can be transformed into future listeners.
With the Podcast technology, students will be able to decipher different emotions like anger (grr) and joy (hooray) without the parentheses describing what’s happening. It’s different hearing someone else’s point of view rather than reading it.
Brainstorming sessions already have begun. Workers on staff are planning on conversing with political science professors about political issues (obviously) and turning that into a Podcast along with other great ideas that range from informational news to advice columns.
But even though we are students, we don’t encompass the overall student body of thought – that’s your job. So if you’re excited about the thought of having input in the paper, calm down because you’ve always had it.
This is a challenge and a plea; please tell us what you’re interested in and what you would like to see happen in our Podcast room. Because even though we work in the JMC Network (which is really awesome), it doesn’t just belong to us; it belongs to the entire student body.
If anything, the upcoming Podcasts are meant to be another way of extending information, but there is no point if fellow students will not listen. And a good way of gaining attentive listeners is to talk about subjects and topics the public wants to hear.
Keep in mind these Podcasts are not going to be daily, but we are hoping to have them frequently. So when it comes to ideas, please be reasonable and don’t fly off the handle and give us ideas that are unachievable.
We don’t need suggestions that ask us to cover sports 24 hours a day or ideas that ask us to monitor Lindsay Lohan’s daily eating habits. The only outrageous idea I might consider would either be about the Dallas Mavericks or my future wife Scarlett Johansson.
But if you want sports, we can do sports; if you want politics, we can do politics.
We’re like a candy store – don’t come in and just say, “I want some candy.” Tell us what flavor you want, and we’ll do our best to provide.