After I listened to the podcast I noticed like many other crime mysteries “Serial” by Sarah Koenig was a murder case that lacked an alibi and evidence. I enjoyed listening to this podcast because it was an interesting case that had lots of suspense. Mystery cases intrigue my interest because they engage me in a circumstance that needs to be solved. I liked this podcast so much because my curiosity is what made me wanting to keep listening to find out what was going to happen next. After I listened to this podcast I was able to compare the thriller theme to the show “Pretty Little Liars.” I spent many hours watching this show because each episode left me on a cliffhanger. The idea of five best friends being stocked by a unknown “A” sparked my interest and demanded me to continue watching. Similarly to “Serial” the episode finished with a cliff hanger of an unsolved case and caught my interest to continue.
I can infer with this case being ongoing for so long and then a popular podcast coming out of it the family of the victim would feel terrorized. To me I believe the family would want this case to be closed and no longer talked about. I can image how damaged and hurt the family would feel after the death of their beloved daughter however, having the case constantly talked about after everything is over would hurt them even more. I can relate that losing someone close to you really sucks. After I lost both my grandma and grandpa in the same year it was devastating. Although what really hurt me the most was after the fact when I had to talk about it or someone brought it up in conversation.
Before I listened to “Serial” I was adamant that the only way to view a text was by reading. I thought it was so dumb to listen to writing. This podcast changed my outlook completely and gave me a better appreciation for listening to a text. I enjoyed listening to this and I think a podcast was the best method for this information. The podcast method was able to incorporate music and sound effects that engaged me. Right from the start I was able to sense an eerie and suspenseful theme because of the music.
I also enjoyed the podcast because Koenig was able to use dialogue clips of other characters. I was able to hear their voice and make a better judgement on their character. After I hear Jay describe “he was going to leave me with his cellphone and car and I was going to go get him after he killed Hayley” I lost all respect for him. I contemplated how anyone could ever agree to help someone with such a crime. The video clip provided was very beneficial to hear Jay’s nervous tone while speaking with the cops. When I listened to this podcast I found another benefit was that the author was able to use a casual informal tone that the audience can relate to. When I heard Koenig explain “for the last year I’ve spent every working day trying to figure out where a teenager girl was for an hour after school” I was able to get a better understanding of her emotion and passion towards this case. Audio also allowed me to catch onto humorous parts that a text would not. With Koenig’s tone I am able to catch onto her humour when she describes old photos of Adnan with “struggling facial hair and sagging jeans”. To me the only drawback of audio compared to text was it was difficult to pause and analyze what happened. Audio was a continuous method that required my full attention.
While Koenig opens the podcast discussing the difficulties with memory I can relate by barely being able to remember what I had for breakfast this morning. To me I believe our memories are constantly being edited, the more time that goes by the less I seem to remember about a particular event. This concerns me on how much evidence Koenig will be to come up with on this case. For someone that is guilty it is clear to me they will selectively only remember some things however, the more time that goes by the less evidence Adnan, Jay, or Asia will be able to provide. When Koenig accounts that “it is really hard to account for your time in a detailed way” this makes me consider my own memory on events. I can look back on a day several months ago and explain in every detail what happened because it was very significant; I had received a new job and gotten into my desired university all in the same day. However, comparing to a casual school day the events I can recall are much slimmer. I can say with very little confidence that I probably worked that night because I genuinely work a lot. This is very surprising to me and allows me to connect to the characters who are struggling to recall the events of that day.
I am already attached to “Serial” and can not wait to find out if Adnan is guilty or not.
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