Don’t know what it is? Neither did I. Don’t care? Neither.Did.I.
Then my good friend, Ellie, whom I talk to every day basically said, “I cannot talk to you anymore until you listen to this podcast because it is all I want to talk about and I don’t like you if you don’t.” Alright, Ellie, calm down.
So I listened. And within 25 minutes I was hooked, and within 25 hours, I was jonesing for the next installment. Also, not sure if I want to be friends with Ellie anymore.
I’ve discovered since that the quick progression of addiction to Sarah Koenig’s story-telling skills and regionally unspecific dulcet tones is pretty standard amongst Serialists. And so, as a resource to help, I present:
The Stages of Serial Podcast Addiction
Friend or coworker or twitter follower asks, “Are you listening to serial?”
Me. The three times someone asked me before I googled it. source
“No, it’s a podcast. Called serial. With an s.”
“This investigative journalist from NPR retells a true crime story from 1999 … “
“You need to listen to it; it’s awesome and I want to talk to you about it.”
“There are 7 episodes so far …”
“Support for serial comes from MailChimp … MailChimp … Mail…”
24 minutes later …
Cancelling Saturday night plans to listen to episodes 1-4
Making time for the later episodes + the Slate podcast
Finally calling the friend who recommended it to say you’re ready to talk about it.
Thinking there is no way Adnan is guilty/innocent
When Sarah brings a plot hole up and then lets it go
When you finally start evangelizing Serial to others
Delving into the s/reddits for info on the actual case
Deciding that knowing TOO much about the case is a thing you will defend.
But then also REALLY needing to know what the hell is up with Jay.
This is BY NO MEANS every thing I have to say about Serial, the theories, the need for more. But let me hold that for a night when I’m not blogging at midnight. This late, I’m all about that Mellie gif.
Have you downloaded Serial yet? What are your theories? What was your progression of addiction?