Because: If you have the time, listen to the radio show rather than read the story. Or, do both, but the Fresh Air episode is excellent. David Carr is a really interesting dude and comes across as such in every subject upon which he expounds. In this case, much of the subject of his conversation is about what the above title suggests, specifically Twitter. A non-tweeting (and Fresh Air fan) friend sent me this link with a note saying she is now totally re-thinking her perspective on the social media platform. Give it a shot; “it” as in the article, the episode, Twitter or any combination thereof.
Also, I love listening to NPR. Good radio reminds me that there’s a place for all types of media, even when the meaning or importance of them shift. Fresh Air is so soothing, in part because it brings me back to the morning commutes of my childhood when my mom or dad would turn NPR on in the car. I thought talk radio was soooo boring then. I’m glad my parents rarely let me change the station to Top 40, just like my dad would pump Creedence Clearwater Revival, or my mom Carole King, through the house on Saturday mornings.
Also, the friend who sent me this article said she used to listen to it when studying abroad for a year during college because in many ways it made her feel closer to home.