Are you ever confused by the internet? What you can and cannot do? And what the history of this medium is?
These questions and many more always zip around in my noggin over the years, questions unfulfilled over time. I was simply too lazy to look up the answers.
Then Jesse Brown and the Search Engine podcast entered my existence. I discovered his show over a year ago, and shortly hereafter met the man. Jesse certainly lived up to his knowledgeable, wise man status. And he was even more educational in person.
Over time listening to Search Engine, I have learned considerably about the history of the internet and where it has been. Jesse has managed to wrangle interviews with various net celebrities (Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet) and given his own opinions on all that has come before.
Also covered quite a bit is what the laws that govern the net are really all about. Jesse understands these various laws and bills covering the issues better then the politicians who defend them. Hearing him correct a government Minister over a finer point of the law, and how it effects the average Canadian, is always fascinating. Jesse does the homework for us.
Truth to tell, I do not always understand every topic Jesse covers. Listening more then once to an episode of Search Engine has happened a couple of times. Okay, more then a couple. But I always feel more learned from the experience.
And that is a good thing!
P.S. Search Engine logo and Jesse Brown’s face are copyright 2011 Jesse Brown.
P.P.S. You can subscribe to Search Engine through iTunes and at http://feeds.tvo.org/tvo/searchengine. You can discuss the show at http://searchengine.tvo.org/blog and at http://jessebrown.ca/. And, of course, Jess is on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/JesseBrown
P.P.P.S. Jesse Brown has stopped making the Search Engine podcast some time ago. He now runs a media watchdog site called CanadaLand.