This post is going to be a comparison between the written article and the podcast. I believe that everyone in the class knows the power of sound by now. When it comes to touching stories like poverty, wars, natural disasters and all other sad stuff, I think sound helps a lot in telling the story.

The written story seems to me like the summary of the podcast. I think the written story can actually be made with bullet points. =)

The podcast, on the other hand, is very touching. To be honest, even though the podcast is very simple, it helps me imagine the condition of the Phiri family. I like the idea that the reporter created the podcast like a diary — the podcast tells the Phiris’ activities of the day.

Oh my God! I haven’t heard chicken sound for a long time. I think that’s like a developing or poor countries thing — Indonesia is one of them. =p

The natural sounds and quotes from the Phiris nicely picture the real life there. The reporter captured the important things like the sound of chickens, crickets, buckets of water, the father digging the soil, church and people walking. Also, the quotes were very nicely selected. For example, when the father said that they had no breakfast that morning but they ate the day before and that’s enough for them. That quote made me feel like my life is in gluttony.  =(

Another thing is the podcast seems to focus on the humans, so I think it’s brilliant for the reporter to have the sound of the Phiris laughing. It shows the personality of the family. It can make the listeners think that these are good people who live in a bad condition.

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