First Time Here? Welcome to 2343
Hello, I'm Simone and this is 2343. It's a podcast, a community, and a newsletter for critical thinkers to get better at listening and share civil discussion. Who am I? You can learn more about that here.
At its core, 2343 is a series of genuine conversations between human beings. Both with podcast guests and with members. It's about taking the time to talk and reflect on stories and ideas far from the noise of social media. It's self-produced, self-hosted, and it makes me really happy. The first conversation I have ever shared here is "The Art of Paying Attention", with the amazing Mr. David Pasquesi.
I started interviewing other human beings not just about what we do, but why we do it. Why do we take certain decisions? Why do we look at something in a specific way? The goal is to have real, honest, and intimate conversations about our existential drives. Voice seemed to be the most natural medium, so 2343 was born as a produced audio show. I apply all the skills that I learned through a decade of working for TV and radio, doing my best to craft a product that I can (sometimes) be proud of. I am convinced that a lot can be learned about ourselves from solitude, but we can also learn about ourselves by listening to others.
2343 is crafted (tech and production) as a solo project. I am the only one taking care of guests, web servers, graphics, audio editing, and publishing. It's fun, therapeutic, and far from the bullshit of "niches" and creating something for the sole purpose of marketing and monetization. I don't try to sell anything because this is my exercise in listening. 2343 is just the name that I gave to sharing this process with you.
I see a lot of material published with the intent to provoke a clash of extreme views. This is my active contribution to respectfully bridge different views through conversation.
The answer is 42.
I sit and chat with a person for a certain amount of time (60 minutes, or 180). Before our meeting, I research and learn about them as much as I can. When we sit, I do my best to forget it. Why? It's more fun to follow unexpected paths than predetermined ones. After our chat, I take their photo for a cover picture. Sometimes neonavocado does it (you can easily tell because they look better).
During the following weeks I edit the audio, prepare extracts and newsletter, and get pictures and posts ready. Every episode features on average 1100 cuts. That's a lot, what's the reason? It's mostly pauses and silences, to improve the listening experience while keeping the context almost intact. I normalize the volume at -17 LUFS and take care of extra silences. You don't need to speed it up through your podcast app if you want to listen to how I wanted it to be. Take your time.
I upload backups of masters and unedited versions on different remote servers. I am a host in two ways: for the show and of this website, interacting both with guests and code. I manage the Linux server, code, audio editing, graphic design, writing, and distribution.
I'm not trying to steal your attention by implementing dark patterns. Like Prof. Linnea Gandhi explained to me: "attention is the most valuable currency of our times". I want my attention to be respected, so I do my best to respect yours. I prefer to ask you to stop, take some time, and choose to listen to whatever words a guest might have to share with us.
No ads, no promo codes for mattresses. Want a new mattress or semi-okay toothbrushes? Great, there are plenty of other podcasts out there for you. I hope you sleep better and your teeth get cleaner and cleaner, but that's not my responsibility. I'm asking other people about their lives, not trying to trick you into using promotional codes. But to find guests, record, edit, publish, over and over, still costs money. That's why this project and I need your support now.
Only with your help, I can keep doing this.
I need to sustain the basic infrastructure for the show, and I want to add more features in the future. Human-curated transcripts are currently made possible by supporting members (thank you). Want to see new episodes released regularly? If you have enough resources available, please support my work now.