The Interactivists Podcast #8: On Apple Music, Facebook and Equal Representation For All

Today marks a great day, and an important one. Today is the day we talk about something that matters. As much as we love our hobby, being massive nerds and claiming ownership over what we love, we belong in a community that’s very one sided. Why? We try to get to the bottom of it in our latest podcast. We might fail, but we’re giving it a go.

TL;DR

Every week, sometimes more, sometimes less, I get a bunch of buddies together to chat shit about stuff that doesn’t matter (and some stuff that does). We have a whole bunch of episodes now, and cover all the things you love to hear nerds talk about, from technology to comic books to gaming. If you want to hear the rest of our rambling, take a look at our podcast archive.

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Listen to the podcast at the bottom of the post!

This week’s podcast spans a few great subjects, starting with Apple’s latest foray into the music world with Apple Music. We discuss the service, Beats 1 Radio and how it compares to the current leader Spotify.

Facebook have a new logo. Have you noticed? I wouldn’t be surprised if not, as their new logotype takes an arguably boring look and makes it even blander. Listen as we discuss the rebrand, and how unnecessary it is.

If you’ve ever wanted to listen to 3 guys talk about representation of women with no women around, you’re in the right place. I want to come back to this subject another time and get some women in the conversation to give their own views on the matter, as it’s one of the most pressing issues surrounding nerd culture, gaming and media today. In the 20 minutes or so we give to this subject in the episode, I like to think we discuss it respectfully and give a few different takes on the argument but your mileage may vary and I apologise if anything is said during this recording which is offensive in any way.

I, personally, believe that everybody should be given equal representation, and it’s an uphill struggle. As a fairly middle-class, white male living in the UK, I take a lot of things for granted. A lot of things which I really shouldn’t. I believe that education and fair treatment to everybody is the only way to move forward to a more diverse and exciting culture, and that as a massive geek/nerd/whatever I have seen our hobby – something myself and others around the world have historically been bullied for and ridiculed about – become the mainstream norm.

Whether it’s technology, movies, gaming or whatever you’re passionate about, diversity and equality in the community can only be a good thing.

These are my personal views, and I really hope this comes across in the podcast below. I welcome any feedback – contact us on Twitter, Facebook or email info[at]interactivists.co.uk to let us know your views, and we will give a lot more attention to it soon, with a female viewpoint to counter the exclusively male one portrayed in this podcast.

So what are you waiting for? And don’t forget, we’re on iTunes so subscribe here!

Author: Thomas Wood

Tom Wood is a graphic designer based in Bournemouth in the UK and also has a BA in something-or-other from that Arts University Bournemouth – but it doesn’t really matter any more.

With a passion for being a huge nerd and making pretty things, he decided to combine them somehow and tell everybody about it. That’s what this whole deal is. Keep it creative, and live the geek life!

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