How to Be More Human on Social Media
How to be More Human is a series of ten podcasts on various different topics that provide an introspective look at the humanity we all have and a push towards making a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. Each episode of the podcast covers a different human experience, ranging from politics and peace to romance and art. Although the perspective of hosts varies – from veteran journalists to new voices on the streets – they all have one thing in common: they want to share human experiences in the hopes that it will inspire others to do the same.
The first of the How to be More Human podcasts to air was released in November of last year and it was a big hit among those who followed politics. Host Chris Anderson was quoted as saying “The United States of America is not going to solve all of the problems of the world, but it is going to reduce a significant percentage.” In the first episode of the podcast, November, the first installment, featured political pundits. It took the typical political pundits to offer their take on the presidential race, with Anderson taking a swipe at Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, saying that neither of them had done anything unique or substantive in their efforts to win the election. In his review of November, Slate’s Bennington detailed the numerous ways in which the media has polarized American voters and predicted that the November election would be a battle between a socialist and a moderate liberal.
Anderson, who is a contributor to the book Talkology: The New Science of Communicating, explained to host Chris Anderson how he uses Twitter and other social media sites to keep connected to his fans and listeners. He said he had gotten a lot of “dofollow” back from followers who were following his accounts. During the How to be More Human episode, which was posted to the podcast feed on Apple’s channel, Anderson talked about the need for people to connect with others, be it friends, lovers, colleagues, or just people they can talk to. He concluded the show by saying that politicians need to get more personal and create more bonds, or else they might find themselves having to resign their posts.