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Anti-Choice and social media activism.




For my first ever podcast, it was really important to me to base it on something that I feel really strongly about, not just any issue related to the materials. At first, my plan was to do the podcast on the anti-vaccination social media movement, and I actually ended up writing a script for it. However, due to recent abortion laws passing in the U.S.A, and seeing everyone on social media getting involved, I decided to do my podcast on the effects and use of social media by the pro-life movement. In my podcast, I talk about the increased use of social media all over the world, and how easy it has become for social media activists to spread their message to millions of people worldwide.


You can listen to my podcast here.


When I started researching the pro-life movement, most of my pre-conceived ideas about it was from what I have been seeing online on my different social media accounts for years: lots of anti-choice propaganda, less pro-choice. But in light of the events in the recent weeks, I noticed more and more influencers, celebrities and friends taking to social media to voice their strong belief in female reproductive rights. I ended up finding a book, that seemed to be unbiased, about pro-life activists, which gave me an insight into why they felt that way, and I thought it appropriate to include some quotes, to be able to compare both points of view.


I also chose to talk about Jameela Jamil, a woman who is not afraid of speaking her mind about issues including abortion laws. It was important for me to include her in my podcast due to her substantial online presence and the online activism she does on a daily basis. Although the pro-life movement became stronger since the mainstream use of social media, the pro-choice movement is also rapidly taking off, using the same techniques as their rivals.


The biggest challenge I faced with the podcast was the use of technology and using creative commons licensed source material at the beginning and end of the podcast. Using Audacity was challenging at first, especially after having recorded the podcast and wanting to add some music. Practice makes (almost) perfect and after playing around to figure this out I was able to overcome that challenge. As I only wanted to use a little bit of music at the beginning and at the end of my podcast, I only really needed a few seconds- it was important to me that the music wasn’t too upbeat, but not too slow either. I searched Argofox “creative commons” on Soundcloud to ensure I was able to use a small part of the song, and therefore not breach any licensed sources.


From this task, I learned that podcasts are something that take time to produce and to eventually master, it is definitely not something you can whip up in an instant, especially if you are a bit shy at public speaking like I am. I also learned to use a different type of technology, which is quite exciting and will definitely be useful in my future endeavours.


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