Lion of the Blogosphere

What I think about S-Town

This is the first podcast I have ever listened to. I was looking for something to keep me entertained when I have nothing to do at work, but which I could do while creating the appearance of looking like I’m busy doing work. A podcast lets me do that. I typed notes while listening to it, which had the double benefit of forcing me to pay more attention to the story as well as looking like I’m busy working, because anyone observing without actually reading my notes would just assume I was doing legitimate work.

S-Town is actually a polite abbreviation for a vulgar term for feces, and the vulgar term is what’s used in the podcast. “S-Town” is only for print media (including digital print like this blog). I understand that this podcast has become a huge hit, and has been critically acclaimed by the kinds of people who acclaim such things.

It’s presented as a “true crime” story, but that’s really a big misdirection. The first two chapters were true-crime, the rest of the seven-chapter series is not. What we have is a liberal white journalist/radio producer/radio host from New York City who goes to a hick town in Alabama at the request of a listener of his NPR show. Brian Reed is the liberal journalist, and John B. McLemore is the listener from Alabama. The result is a novelized investigative journalism. We learn a lot about the life of John B. McLemore, but most of the plot points turn out to be red herrings. Tantalizing mysteries are left unresolved.

One thing that the podcast does really well is that it gives SWPLs an inside look into the lives of rednecks. Episode 2 is especially good in this regards. Some of the lower-class whites in town let out some racist remarks that Brian warns his listeners may be shocking. I didn’t find anything particularly shocking. Who is truly shocked that dumb rednecks like to use the n-word? What’s surprising is that a liberal from New York is able to allow these rednecks to have their say, without being especially condescending towards them. And for that, some of the usual types have complained that the podcast is <i>racist</i>. They think that Brian should have lectured them and told them how racist they are. But if he did that, people would have stopped talking to him, and there wouldn’t have been a podcast. He also might have gotten himself beaten up.

I liked the podcast very much. It’s as great as people have been saying. You should listen to it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

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  1. I have a handful of podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis during work, working out, or yardwork. One of the main ones I listen to is Radio Derb

    http://www.vdare.com/radios

    That’s so I can get my dissident right fix. But I also listen to two Ricochet podcasts, the regular Richochet podcast, and GloP Culture.

    https://ricochet.com/

    Both are what you would used to call RINO type broadcasts, of the National Review/Weekly Standard variety. But I listen to them a few weeks behind and get a kick on how their predictions (particularly on Trump) are ridiculously wrong. But they have some pretty good interviews with major figures on the right.

    Mike Street Station

    July 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

  2. talk about the podcast Serial season 1. Greatest podcast ever and deals with immigration, multi culturalism, assimilation and Islam

    otisthesweaty

    July 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    • Okay it’s on my to-listen list.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      • Serial season 2 had a lot of interesting information (it’s about the Bowe Bergdahl case), but was much less compelling as storytelling.

        Season 1 inspired several others to create fiction podcasts because it’s proven very difficult for anyone to replicate the sense of drama while telling a true story.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    • You’re kidding right? Serial was a scam playing up on SWPL desire to see everything as racist. The podcast plays up every conceivable question while ignoring or simply not reporting things that point to the guy’s obvious guilt. If you enjoy trumped up racism by every white character and sympathy for dumb ideas about “hoe can we be sure,” then listen away. Frankly I am disappointed that Otis would recommend this and would be surprised if lion found any value in it accept to note how swpl radio hosts can monetize some girl’s murder by playing up racism sympathies. That said, technically it was well done and entertaining!

      Joe

      July 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      • Serial season 1 is excellent.

        Two in the Bush

        July 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      • Serial was nothing more than (well-produced) wrongful conviction porn for sucker lefties who are easily convinced that the “system” worked against their ethnicity du jour. The guy’s advocate is a rabid anti trump, anti Israel, Muslim delusional who suckered NPR to take her case. Given the amount of untruth and ignored evidence in the show I can only conclude that the reporter cynically preyed on the audience. Lion, you will give me a stroke if you write about this show.

        Joe

        July 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      • Just because SWPLs gonna SWPL doesn’t mean nobody ever gets wrongfully convicted. Undisclosed (Rabia Chaudry’s podcast) season 2 is about a wrongfully convicted white prole from Rome, GA. I wish they had picked a NAM instead because these north Georgia accents sound like styrofoam to my northern ear.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 10, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      • Dude. Season 1 was not a wrongful conviction. It was a slow motion jail break. Chaudry is a marginal lawyer, her cohost teaches at toilet tier. Their show is more likely to turn out a wrongful conviction when someone has done the work for them, like in season 2. Season 1 was simply pure advocacy and pedantic, sophistic obscurantism.

        Joe

        July 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    • I think SWPL women will be wearing haute hijabs in the near future. It’s quite fashionable since clothing stores in the west are selling them as trendy with a pricey tag.

      Violent Samurais in Japan sliced sushi as a staple, now to be enjoyed by SWPLs in America as snob food. Who would have thought?

      Culture is fungible!

      JS

      July 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      • Poor proles who are left out from the fun of globalization!

        JS

        July 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      • I believe it. Some women look really good in headscarves. Can’t have a fat face, for sure. And women used to wear nice silk scarves all the time in the 50s.

        Dhimmitude, here we come.

        Mrs Stitch

        July 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      • A party guest of Toby Milstein’s socialite scene in NYC:

        JS

        July 10, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      • I like hijab. Why didn’t the Jews adopt it as a head covering for women? Sometimes Jews are realy stupid.

        Yakov

        July 10, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      • JS, this is beauty! Love it! This is sway for a woman to dress. Definitely. This is what the Almighty wants. There is no question about it. Now, I’m not saying this is the ONLY way, but along these lines.

        Yakov

        July 10, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      • I prefer women wear modest clothing too. But she looks like she’s wearing a tablecloth for a dress with another one wrapped around her head. 1930’s women’s fashions are better. Very conservative but better tailored.

        Married women wore headscarves in Europe until sometime during the Renaissance. I don’t mind women wearing head scarves but not the hijab for obvious reasons.

        destructure

        July 10, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      • The female fashion took a sharp dive towards promiscuity after the 1st World War, when the idea if women showing their legs in public became acceptable. Sure 20s and 30s were better then what we have today, but you can’t dance swing or charlestone in a hijab, you know. So there is a huge difference. This ‘tablecloth’ is probably worth more then what Lion makes in a week, but there is some realy nice Muslim designer clothing. Doesn’t have to be expensive either.

        Thus is pretty good for the times that we are living in, so it doesn’t have to be a hijab necessarily, I just like it.

        Yakov

        July 11, 2017 at 9:10 am

      • The female fashion took a sharp dive towards promiscuity after the 1st World War, when the idea if women showing their legs in public became acceptable. Sure 20s and 30s were better then what we have today, but you can’t dance swing or charlestone in a hijab, you know. So there is a huge difference. This ‘tablecloth’ is probably worth more then what Lion makes in a week, but there is some realy nice Muslim designer clothing. Doesn’t have to be expensive either.

        Thus is pretty good for the times that we are living in, so it doesn’t have to be a hijab necessarily, I just like it.

        Yakov

        July 11, 2017 at 9:10 am

      • Some jews have adopted the Burka.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haredi_burqa_sect

        With the thoughts you'd be thinkin

        July 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

      • I know, but those are real crazies that should be suppressed. I like stylish, tasteful hijabs.

        Yakov

        July 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    • ‘Serial’ is very good and this is OT but I found it while looking for similar podcasts. Highly recommended:

      https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/199/house-on-loon-lake

      “Adam Beckman tells . . . his story, about how, back in the 1970s, he and his friends broke into an abandoned house in the small town of Freedom, New Hampshire. The home turned out to be a perfect time capsule, containing the furniture, letters and personal effects of an entire family…abandoned for decades. It seemed like the family just vanished one day, leaving salt and pepper shakers on the table, notes on the bedroom mirror, and a wallet with money still inside.”

      Horace Pinker

      July 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      • +1 classic TAL

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 10, 2017 at 11:42 pm

  3. Lion are you turning into a Wally?

    K-Strategist

    July 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  4. I can’t stand podcasts. It’s all too slow. I keep wanting to say “speed it up!” Same thing with interviews. At least on YouTube I can watch things at 1.25x or 1.5x speed and get through it faster.

    peterike

    July 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    • Most poscast apps allow you to speed them up. My standard speed on Pocketcasts is 1.25…

      jimbo

      July 11, 2017 at 9:33 am

  5. I’m listening to “The Fall of the Rome Podcast” by Patrick Wyman. It’s about (no spoiler alert) the demise of the Western Empire in the fifth century. So far, it’s very good, both in Wyman’s choice of material, and in the way he presents it.

    I’m not sure if podcasters like Wyman have a business model, or if this is simply a labor of love. Either way, he’s made my drive time much more enjoyable.

    amac78

    July 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    • Americans are so ignorant of history which why I hate to bring Islam into the fore, to buck the convention that America’s fall is similar to that of Rome’s.

      Multicult American society with its various competing political institutions are so akin with what Medieval Islam was during its heyday, and also its fall from a Golden Age. Different ethnic groups and sects in the Islamic empire all speaking Arabic competed for power/influence and this lead to a complete downfall from these ensuing conflicts.

      America’s fall isn’t like Rome’s. America’s fall has a lot to do with a lack of unity from its competing ideologies vying for power. You have liberals vs conservatives, Whites vs NAMs, religious vs atheists, etc….Islam had Sunni vs Shia, non-Arab vs Arab, Western Muslims vs Eastern Muslims, etc…

      Islam was the first civilization to have a “civil rights” movement, where Muslims of non-Arab ancestry were protesting about the unfair privileges that Arab Muslims get to enjoy, which is not too different from what racial minorities are complaining about with “White Privilege” in America.

      Look at the Middle East today, it could be the next Balkan America 20 years from now!

      JS

      July 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

  6. a. its bizarre that you dont listen to podcasts. You are perfectly in the demo. However there are much more worthwhile things out there.

    b. S-town went exactly the way I thought I would when I first heard McLemore letter in Episode 1: the guy is a leftist crack pot with a a simultaneous inferior and superiority complex. Everything he claims to be so sure about is going to turn out to be off.

    c. The guy was a guy creeper. Cute of NPR to try and give that a romance spin.

    d. This is actually a reverse sociological experiment about what liberal Northeasterns *think* they will find in a small Alabama town.

    e. luz at the liberal NY reporter sneaking around doing all this snooping on the McLemore accusations when the towns people just say “come out and asking him- he’ll tell you he shot the guy”.

    f. Very weaselly of the liberal NY reporter to in the final episode imply that the family business was Klan related when he had no evidence at all. These liberals love nothing more than Klan bedtime stories for their audience.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    July 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    • He didn’t imply that the business was Klan related. He implied that Burt knew that people would think the business sounded like the KKK, and he didn’t care.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      • O/T, but KKK related:

        Heard of Dan Burros, a Jewish American from NYC who was a Klan recruiter?

        He committed suicide upon being discovered by the mainstream media of his true identity.

        Sephardic Jews were also behind the Spanish Inquisition and were proud of their affiliation. A much more ruthless and integrated movement than anything deemed extremist in America.

        And Spain was the first.

        This political unifying concept of Western Supremacy comes from Islam, and it made its way into Spain, not from the Roman Empire or the Ancient Greeks.

        Now how did the Muslims get this concept? By infusing Aristotle with Islam at a time when it was being attacked by divergent ideologies. (Europeans later infused Aristotle with Christianity). Moses Maimonides would infuse Aristotle for Judaism. Then there was Martin Heidegger’s Aristotle and Nazi Germany. It’s amazing how a philosopher like Aristotle could serve an agenda for those who sought unity across different cultures.

        Culture is fungible!

        JS

        July 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      • Jews were behind the Spanish Inquisition?

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    • I agree with all of Turambar’s points, especially c and d.

      destructure

      July 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm

  7. If I drove I’d listen to podcasts. But otherwise I hate em.

    gothamette

    July 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    • This particular one sounds like an audio book, which I can’t stand because they are just too slow (i read faster than they talk by about a factor of ten and I just can’t tolerate the pace). Used to enjoy the Howard Stern show back in the day when I used to commute and podcasts that are shows like that (such as Norm McDonald podcast) I can deal with. But this sounds like an audio book to me so I don’t think I’d like it no matter the content.

      Is Lion technically proficient enough to read the new analysis of the Guccifer 2.0 zip files that came out today that purports to prove they were copied with a USB by somebody at the DNC and not Russians? The work was done by a guy who calls himself The Forensicator and I’d like to think he is credible based on that name alone: https://theforensicator.wordpress.com/guccifer-2-ngp-van-metadata-analysis/

      PerezHBD

      July 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm

  8. you could also listen to live streamed internet radio stations playing southern rock music while browsing at leisure using opera via their inbuilt encrypted vpn tunnels.

    just saying…

    barton

    July 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  9. “I was looking for something to keep me entertained when I have nothing to do at work, but which I could do while creating the appearance of looking like I’m busy doing work. A podcast lets me do that. I typed notes while listening to it, which had the double benefit of forcing me to pay more attention to the story as well as looking like I’m busy working, because anyone observing without actually reading my notes would just assume I was doing legitimate work.”

    classic LION writing! love it.

    the only thing that you could add is maybe frowning or looking pissed, that would *really* make you look hard at work!

    h/t: george costanza

    rivelino

    July 10, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    • You forgot the sighing, Gotta have the sighing.

      jimbo

      July 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

  10. Lion, you have a stupid job. Obviously, duh! At work a person should have no time for anything, but his work – full focus, full dedication, full engagement. I also have time while traveling to and from service calls and I don’t like it. I miss my installation and programming days when I could just hang the duct, run the piping and crank out the code from bell to bell. This is work!

    Yakov

    July 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

  11. Lion, it’s so sad that someone with your intellect doesn’t have a job that allows you to change the world.

    So sad…

    GondwanaMan

    July 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    • Few people have jobs that change the world. The average doctor and lawyer have no effect on lifespan or happiness.

      The average engineer at Google was top of their class and now spends their time optimizing ads (working on cool stuff is the exception).

      JW Bell

      July 11, 2017 at 1:10 am

  12. Joe Rogan’s podcast is good, https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerfulJRE. Stephen Hsu frequently posts clips from the best ones.

    JW Bell

    July 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

  13. I’m just new to blogging came across podcast and I was really

    Madekesiworld

    July 11, 2017 at 2:56 am

  14. I was wondering how it works.

    Madekesiworld

    July 11, 2017 at 2:56 am

    • What do you need it for, man? If you lived without it till now, why you need it? I say don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, or come close to time wasting gadgets. Ofcourse there are some good programs, but the total effect is deleterious. Man, stay away from it, I say. You gonna be better off. Look at Lion! Can’t you see that he is a mess? You wanna be like him? You go study the Good Book and be happy. That’s what you do.

      Yakov

      July 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

  15. After listening, I think the southern white trash in s-town have caught the liberal diseases of global warming, miscegeny, gayness, and tatoos. Then they all voted for Trump.

    cesqy

    July 11, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    • Looking at the Klan photos of the past and today, I can see where this is coming from. Globalization is slowly killing America and many of its citizens, and here are the reasons:

      The root of the problem has to do with assimilation. It seems like Americans find it hard to assimilate foreign elements with class, if not, they become reactionary like the Republicans. A total failure!

      JS

      July 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      • You see the picture of the Klan member at the rally today with dreadlocks? Hilarious!

        GondwanaMan

        July 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm

  16. an example of the delusional libertarian ideology again.

    man is a social animal. the individual achieves his social potential to the extent he is engaged with his society. if his society sucks his social rank sucks. if his society sucks virtue and social rank don’t coincide.

    why are people in small towns hicks or rednecks?

    did all the smart people in the sticks move to nyc and all the stupid in nyc move to the sticks?

    no!

    the individualist ideology is everywhere in america.

    america is one yuge lie.

    yet those in the sticks support this ideology the most.

    SAD!

    Beverly Hills Ninja

    July 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    • Libertarians make me sick too.

      I say this as someone who used to read Ayn Rand and Austrian economics blogs.

      GondwanaMan

      July 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    • an example of the delusional libertarian ideology again.
      man is a social animal.
      the individualist ideology is everywhere in america.
      yet those in the sticks support this ideology the most.

      People from large cities are the most likely to support socialism. But socialism isn’t very social. Socialism is just a way to pay for things and forcibly redistribute money. Otherwise, cities are crammed full of greedy strangers who couldn’t care less about each other. Why would they? They don’t even know each other. Yet they clamor for socialism. If you want to live in a commune then have at it. No one is stopping you. If it’s better then others will join voluntarily. If not then they won’t. So why hasn’t that happened?

      People from small towns are the least likely to be socialist. But they’re also least likely to be libertarian. They’re actually the opposite which is conservative. The only thing they have in common with libertarians is is that they’re not socialists. But they are social. Very close knit. Everyone knows everyone and has for generations. 30 years in a small town is still a noob.

      The idea that man is a social animal but small towns aren’t social is odd. People have spent most their existence in small groups of hunter gatherers and nomadic herders or small villages of farmers and fishermen. Small, closely related groups is the natural way for humans to live and interact. I’m sure you’re familiar with Dunbar’s number. Large cities are unnatural. As well as those who live in them.

      Genesis 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

      destructure

      July 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

  17. S-town is an evocative look at what happens when an obviously super intelligent, artistic personality is born into a deprived rural environment. What also fascinated me is – QUASI MAJOR SPOILER ALERT – how the leftwing reporter seems to take at face value the extremely mainstream leftist political/sexual/environmental beliefs of a major character who clearly is suffering significant mental damage from repeated exposure to a destructive neurotoxin. In short – someone who largely believes and accepts leftwing dogma is objectively insane.

    Paul Rise

    July 14, 2017 at 11:22 am


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