It’s Padraig here; I’m pulling through for Robot, who is on the rivet with real-world duties.
When I was a kid, I had three ways to learn about my hobbies: books, magazines and catalogs. I was a geek of a higher order, so you wouldn’t believe what I could learn from a catalog. If I’d studied textbooks with the same diligence I applied to catalogs, I might be a doctor. Alas, I’m driven by passions.
Because my tastes were always very contemporary, books were generally useless, always two or three years out of date by the time I ran across them. Of course, catalog were produced only once a year, so by the time I’d digested one, I was left waiting months before the next came out. Yeah, I was the kid who had his mom drive him to the store the day the new Estes model rocket catalog arrived at the hobby shop.
But I couldn’t learn as much from catalogs as I could from magazines. So magazines were my primary source of stoke for my hobbies. My love of Skateboarder is a big reason I went into magazine publishing after finishing my graduate work. Feeding stoke has always been a big source of motivation for me. That’s a general I’ll follow into any battle.
Our media landscape is very different these days. We’ve got a billion TV channels, plus Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and who knows what else. We’ve got as many web sites as there are people in China. There’s a YouTube channel for every passion on earth that’s legal. Hell, my kids watch some kid play with toys. It’s billed as a review. Thpppt. And then there’s sound. We’ve got podcasts being launched like rockets from Korea, only not all of them flame out instantly.
When you’re not on your bike, how do you stoke your bicycling jones? Obvs you still like to read. Thank heaven. But how many videos do you watch? Do you listen to podcasts like The Paceline? If so, whose? And when/where do you listen? Finally, is there a length that suits you?
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