As the internet has matured, the changes with the technology have altered how I consume my skeptical content. One of the interesting things I have noticed is that as time has gone on, I tend to listen to less skeptical podcasts, and read more material. Part of the reason I think has to do with the ease of learning of and about new items of interest.
As it has become easier to locate and learn of skeptical material and news being generated on an hourly basis, the less reliant and frankly less engaging has become a number of podcasts I used to consistently listen. A decade ago, podcasts (and in 2005 this meant Point of Inquiry and Skepticality) were my conduits to all information of skeptical interest. Later on in 2006, the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Forums and the Skeptigator (a skeptical information news aggregator) were the pipeline to further information supplemented by Google Reader. Eventually, Twitter and Facebook made all of them more or less redundant.
|iPod: early modern period.|
If a topic of the day has some medical component, it is hard to beat Dr. Novella on the SGU; here, expertise triumphs. Often I find myself being drawn to shows for the personalities involved which is subjective. Skeptics with a K, Strange Frequencies Radio, and Virtual Skeptics -- I just enjoy the banter. Others may find a particular panel less appealing, but luckily there is a plethora of shows to pick one’s own tastes. There are some topic-specific podcasts such as Exposing PseudoAstronomy, which is mostly immune from being untimely, or general knowledge type content, such as Skeptoid.
As technology has made it easier to obtain information as long as I have my smartphone on me, it has perversely caused me to read more now, and listen to less later. I would not have predicted this ten years ago when obtaining more skeptical goodness required me to download a show to iTunes and then sync it to my iPod.
Don't get me wrong. I still enjoy listening to podcasts. I still listen to them nearly everyday. I just rely on them far less than I did five years ago or more.