Citing sources is fundamentally critical to intellectual honesty. Over the years, I have seen many within the alternative media claim that so-and-so said something-or-another, without providing evidence of what actually happened. The trickiest sources to cite are those that, instead of being written, are audible, whether in a podcast or a video.
A timeline is a written notation used to point out and describe particular segments within a specific audio recording. This is used for the purposes of verification and convenience, in that it is not based on someone else’s word which might suffer from the Chinese whispers effect and is made easy to use so you do not have to listen to the whole lousy audio for only those pertinent segments. By hearing it from the horse’s own mouth, and crunching down really long audio files into easily listenable bite sized pieces, an audio timeline is a useful tool to increase the listening efficiency of others.
How does one write such a timeline? To start off with, you need to listen to the entire audio twice; first all the way through so as to familiarize yourself with the content, and then a second time to take notes that will form the foundation for the timeline you are constructing. When you are taking notes, be sure to allow for an approximate 30 second snip of time before and after the relevant segment that you think is pertinent. You should do this because later listeners will then be able to hear both the lead in and transitioning out portions that provides invaluable context.
As you are taking notes, be sure to write down the hours (when applicable) and the minutes where the segment begins and ends, and be sure to include a brief description of what the segment entails (this can be as short as one sentence, but no longer than one paragraph). Do this over and over again until you have finished notating all the relevant portions from the original audio. Keep in mind that the actual editing out of the segments from the original audio into shorter audio files does need not be done, necessarily. Finally, consider hyperlinking the uniform resource locator of the original audio from where it is hosted so it is easier for others to access and download.
So, what does a timeline look like? Consider the following as the “blank” form:
___ min – ___ min
[From one sentence up to one paragraph on what happened.]
Of course, it would be best to use an actual example so as to present it in a concrete way, instead of abstractly. The following is a partial timeline from The Last Bastille Podcast #47 – You Have Tread on Me:
11 min – 13 min
Randy Mack says the vast majority of people that he has encountered online talk, but don’t act. After 5 years, he is pretty disgusted with them, since it is impossible for “keyboard warriors” to simple talk to each other without it devolving into a clusterfuck. People that Randy meets in person on the street don’t seem to have those personality defects, for some reason. He also says that “the Internet is not a lifestyle,” and “the more time you spent offline, the better off you’re gonna be.”
18 min – 21 min
Randy Mack says that the Patriot Rockstars need to grow up; they are no Washington or Jefferson. The new guys need to learn what they can and use the Internet as the tool that it is, but spend most of their time offline; they also need to pick and choose their friends wisely.
24 min – 28 min
Randy Mack says that most of the alternative media is just crap, especially with the notions of the whole “global consciousness” thing, in that the catchphrase of “We Are All One” is indicative of globalism, a kind of New Age religion created by the Establishment back in the 1800s. The Patriot Rockstars only focus on problems and not solutions.
30 min – 35 min
Randy Mack says that Alex Jones is an opportunistic sensationalist whose own claims that anyone can verify his own sources didn’t actually amount to anything since he was blatantly wrong on many occasions.
1 hr 8 min – 1 hr 9 min
Randy Mack claims that there is subconscious programming in cinema, using the examples of “Eat Popcorn, Drink Coke,” and mentions the hypersexualization of the youth.
1 hr 31 min – 1 hr 34 min
Randy Mack says that people don’t want to take responsibility for their freedom since they prefer to place their faith in messianic figureheads. He also says that the constitutionalists who want Charles Dyer (aka the July4Patriot) freed are ignoring state’s rights via the 10th Amendment.