Started by Jeremy Blackman, November 25, 2014, 04:24:45 PM
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Quote from: ©brad on December 04, 2014, 08:41:04 PMI'm still torn on this. I've listened to a handful of episodes and they're all consistently riveting and well-produced. I especially love his use of music. There are times when I think the show would benefit from tighter editing. A few of the clips, phone calls and interviews tend to drag on and on. But I still question the overall intent. If the idea is "bad guys are all around us" well okay, sure. I'm interested in what you guys think the point of this show is, beyond satisfying our seemingly insatiable thirst for true crime and serial killer stories. Some episodes are so gratuitous they're almost snuff films in podcast form.
Quote from: Pedro on November 28, 2014, 05:49:58 PMYes and no. Again, my problem stems from the host and the writing. It delves into the details of disturbing crimes, but there's always some narration about "pure evil" or something like that. (I'm thinking in particular about episode 15). It's a very awkward mix of detailed reporting and sensationalism. I'm not trying to justify these horrible crimes, but I just wish the host was less, well, excited about outing these "monsters."
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on November 29, 2014, 11:18:08 AMThose interjections seem to function as moments of grounding... He expresses his disgust almost to recenter the listener, to remind you that you live in a world of real human values, and to prevent you from falling under the spell of whatever psychopath is speaking. That's how it works for me I guess.
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman on December 06, 2014, 11:51:29 AMThere are a few moments where I think he goes a bit too far, where he sinks into the depravity of the stories maybe a little too much, where I can see someone viewing it as a kind of enthusiasm . . . The way he tells these stories (with shocking detail and an editorial voice), in direct contrast to some other mediums, seems to completely disallow any sort of enchantment with violence and death. He skips right past that and goes right for horror and disgust.
QuoteBoudet has a history of making sexist and derogatory comments, and his podcast that explores nonfiction stories of true crime has come under fire in the past. "Episode 126 is proof Mike is a s—bag," one "Sword and Scale" listener posted after Boudet revealed the name of a previously anonymous kidnap victim who had been "brutally raped multiple times."