Sadly going downhill; adverse to constructive criticism.
I’m a longtime listener of this Podcast from the beginning, and since the Sallie House episodes, or a little before that, it has just gone straight downhill for me. The guys used to be very levelheaded and genuinely curious in topics. Now it feels like pulling teeth for them to put out a new episode (every month or so at this point), and the topics just aren’t interesting. It doesn’t even seem like the guys are that interested in the topics at this point.As a longtime listener, I’ve been pretty engaged in the FB group for the show. I try to air my concerns in the most polite of ways. After all, I’ve supported the show and its sponsors for all this time, and I want to see it do well. I’m not entitled to their work, of course, but I would also think my opinion and the opinions of others like me might be valuable. But the Facebook conversation seems restricted to those who worship the podcast unrelentingly, which is really toxic. Any constructive criticism or genuine questions regarding quality or a guest, for example, or even a topic, are immediately rejected and slapped back by the show’s co-producer, who’s on there like 24 hours a day. I have a feeling the guys don’t interact with the page or take their listeners’ feedback very personally at all anymore, which is truly unfortunate. It feels corporate, for absolute no reason.I listen to other pods that have many more listeners, and they’re much more productive and much more engaged with fans. As other listeners know, the Sallie House changed one of the hosts’ outlook on the paranormal, making him (self-admittedly) a believer, by in large, rather than a skeptic. I think it was a little odd, personally, since the event is easily disputed by common sense. There’s no reason to interpret the audio as a paranormal attack. But that’s beside the point. Since then, questioning anything a guest says happened to them is out of the question. It’s, “You don’t know because you weren’t there,” and the stance is now that literally everyone is telling the truth. It’s false and often unlistenable.ALSO the “Astonishing Research Corps” is mind-numbingly terrible at sourcing information. Googling a topic and reading through the first three pages of search results is not research. Neither is reading from some personal blog page that may as well be outright fiction. “Cursory research” would be a massive overstatement.
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