I am deciding to do my podcast on the “Publius Enigma”- an internet phenomenon which suggests that Pink Floyd, one of the most successful bands of the 1960s and 70s had suggested encoded scavenger hunt for a “unique prize” in the album “The Division Bell”. I believe that doing a podcast for this hoax is a good idea because I can play the music through the podcast and transmit the hoax aurally rather than through the written word. This will certainly help with my credibility when breaking down the hoax. The War of Worlds podcast was able to use humor and a cleverly sarcastic tone to disprove the hoax, and thus I intend to use a similar approach in scrutinizing the Publius Enigma. Through a podcast, the tone be presented through fluctuations in ones voice and thus sarcastic humor becomes easier to portray.

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  1. Lindsey Grubbs says:

    I think this is a great choice, Alex. You’re right that the audio “evidence” and ability to employ a sarcastic tone will make this well suited to podcasting. I assume you’re referring to the Radiolab broadcast and not the original War of the Worlds? It’ll be interesting to see how you incorporate both “artifacts” of the hoax and an analytical breakdown of it. Are you planning to include things like testimony from people fooled? (Which could give you a chance to get in a few jokes about those 70s hippies…aka my mother.)

  2. Lindsey Grubbs says:

    Also! Don’t forget to give your blog posts titles.

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