I have an unhealthy addiction to podcasts. My daughter recently told me to, “take off your headphones and listen to me”. I am not proud. Being told off for all the right reasons by a 6 year old is humbling. I took them off as I explained to her the concept of ‘addictive storytelling’ using the example of a show she loves on TV. Where this is a gripping narrative story, I can’t stop at one episode. I need to know what happens next. I am working on it, one episode at a time, obviously.
One that has my complete and now divided attention is Gangster Capitalism (C13 Originals). I want to borrow from the tagline but I am surely able to make my own marketing for a show I love, after indulging in the first 4 episodes. It is an investigation into the college admissions scandal in the USA, which blew up in March 2019. To be honest, I hadn’t taken much notice, here in Australia, we have our own problems (see: Australia Election 2019). The headlines did not pique any interest and I just thought this was more white collar crime that would never amount to any convictions or reflection for our ally nation. Maybe I was wrong, a small number of parents and coaches have pleaded guilty to the charges or fraud and bribery. Some parents will go to any length to help their children, some adult children, to get ahead in the game, that is from one private institution to another until death do you in.
That’s Olivia Jade on YouTube, telling us how college means nothing except for the parties. I guess when you don’t pay for your tuition and you never had to study to get in, it means very little for you to have a spot on a rowing team when you were never even in a fucking BOAT!
So far this podcast has been valuable in teaching me the role of race in this scandal, how money can actually talk and the most gripping topic, justice and how it might play out for all the kids who missed out because some asshole with a bottomless purse pulled rank.
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Go forth and listen.