1st Edition

Podcasting as an Intimate Medium

By Alyn Euritt Copyright 2023
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book delves into the notion of intimacy as a defining feature of podcasting, examining the concept of intimacy itself and how the public sphere explores the relationships created and maintained through podcasts.

    The book situates textual analysis of specific American podcasts within podcast criticism, monetization, and production advice. Through analysis of these sources' self-descriptions, the text builds a podcasting-specific framework for intimacy and uses that framework to interpret how podcasting imagines the connections it forms within communities. Instead of intimacy being inherent, the book argues that podcasting constructs intimacy and uses it to define the quality of its own mediation.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and students of New and Digital Media, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Journalism, Literature, Cultural Studies, and American Studies.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a CreativeCommons Attribution 4.0 license.

    1. Touching Podcasts: Recognition, Eroticism and the Haptics of Sound  2. Chatcast Liveness: Temporalities of Parasocial Reciprocity  3. "You Can Even Sleep with Them if You Want To:" Participatory Culture, Worldbuilding, and Integrating into Daily Life  4. Intimacy in the American National Imaginary


    Alyn Euritt is a podcast researcher at the Universität Leipzig, Germany.

    "You think you know podcasts? Think again. Alyn Euritt’s Podcasting as an Intimate Medium lets us see podcasts—or should I say, hear them?—as if for the first time. Where other books approach podcasts through their thematic preoccupations, this one provides a unified theory of podcast mediality, grounded in a fascinating exploration of the unique affordances of the digital voice—and other computerized sounds. Inspired by actor-network-theory and seriality studies, Euritt makes a compelling case for intimacy as the medium’s characteristic product and pleasure. Four chapters trace the paradox of mediated intimacy from its smallest to its largest aspects: at the level of physical embodiment, in parasocial interactions, as an element of quotidian worldbuilding, and in the American national imaginary. Sophisticated and entertaining, this book is an indispensable read for media scholars, Americanists, practitioners of the Digital Humanities, and, not least, podcasting fans."

    Frank Kelleter,

    Professor at John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

    "In the expanding sphere of research into podcasting, Alyn Euritt provides a vital intervention with erudite critiques of a widely held assertion: that this still relatively new medium is inherently and uniquely intimate. Euritt’s critical voice deconstructs podcasting's potential intimacy in terms of the haptic and immersive properties of sound, the para-social interconnections of the producer/consumer dialectic, the social functions of digital mediality, and through discourses of national identity. In the scope of a discrete "podcast studies", Euritt expertly schematises the first comprehensive conceptual framework of podcasting as an intimate medium."

    Dario Llinares, academic and host of The Cinematologists and Podcast Studies Podcast

    "Podcasting as an Intimate Medium

    begins with a key question: what if, instead of being inherent or "natural", intimacy is the site of how podcasting is negotiating its own mediation? From there, Alyn Euritt launches into a rigorous and multifaceted theorization of how intimacy is constructed. Through careful readings of a range of podcasts -- including chatcasts, improvised comedy shows, audio fiction, and politics roundtables -- alongside their paratexts and protocols, Euritt provides a critical language for understanding the production of intimacy while convincingly arguing that, if we take intimacy for granted, we will lose sight of one of the primary ways that podcasts are negotiating their own meaning. Podcasting as an Intimate Medium is required reading for anyone seeking to better understand how this emergent medium is reshaping our publics." 

    Hannah McGregor, Associate Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University and co-director of the Amplify Podcast Network

    "An original and fascinating exploration of podcasting’s relationship to intimacy across several popular genres and practices. A welcome addition to the growing shelf of scholarly work on this still-new medium."

    Jason Loviglio, author of Radio's Intimate Public: Broadcasting and the Mass-Mediate Public Sphere and editor of The Routledge Companion to Radio and Podcast Studies.