Steve Krakauer is the author of Uncovered: How the Media Got Cozy With Power, Abandoned Its Principles, and Lost the People. He and Bridget sit down for a discussion about what's changed in the media landscape in the past 10 years, Trump’s ability to harness the power of Twitter, how the major news outlets became subject to audience capture, laziness and incompetence in journalism, and why supporting censorship under the guise of stopping misinformation is so catastrophic to the principles of what journalism and media is supposed to be about. They cover building an audience of people that are intellectually flexible and along for the ride even when you say something they don't agree with, the problem with experts, how normal POVs are not represented at all in media these days, the balance of independent media vs putting something out that you know might lose you subscribers and affect the bottom line, why we should be applauding when news media outlets correct something, and the fact that people who are willing to put themselves on the line and say things, consequences be damned, are really growing in power and audience these days.
Bridget Phetasy admires grit and authenticity. On Walk-Ins Welcome, she talks about the beautiful failures and frightening successes of her own life and the lives of her guests. She doesn’t conduct interviews—she has conversations. Conversations with real people about the real struggle and will remind you that we can laugh in pain and cry in joy but there’s no greater mistake than hiding from it all. By embracing it all, and celebrating it with the stories she’ll bring listeners, she believes that our lowest moments can be the building blocks for our eventual fulfillment.
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