Diggnation – Lost in Translation?Written by Simon Barker on January 28, 2009 · Filed under Internet, Tech
Diggnation is a weekly video podcast / Internet TV show that has been running for over 3 years now, which I only started watching back in early 2008. The show itself is basically two guys sat on sofa (or even a couch) discussing the latest popular websites and Internet news that’s covered on the social bookmarking/voting website of Digg.com.
The two American guys that present it Kevin Rose (founder of Digg.com, sometimes presenter of Digg Dialogg) and Alex Albrecht (also presenter of Totally Rad Show and Project Lore podcasts) normally discuss their popular ‘Digg’ items, general tech news and emails from viewers of the show in a way that I feel is quite universal. And as such they have fans and viewers of the show all over the world and regularly have ‘live events’ (where the show is filmed in front of a live audience) in different countries.
So this makes for quite an entertaining 45mins of viewing on a weekly basis if like me you like hearing about what’s happening on the Internet from two fairly entertaining guys sat on a sofa drinking alcohol or sometimes even herbal teas!
However, in the case of one of the latest episodes, they had their first official guest – Jimmy Fallon, a US TV show presenter (who I hadn’t heard of prior to this). I kind of ended up watching this episode in amazement since there were so many American-only references going on –in a way it was like watching a foreign language conversation and only picking up on a few words occasionally that you understand. It seemed to get quite surreal at around 21 minutes into it when they started discussing the Top 10 sandwiches – you’ve got to love the gold old British sandwich, “The Chip Putty”…
Anyway, I’m recommending you take a look at this particular episode to show just how cultural references can mean that you lose track of what is going on and then I’d say check out a normal episode which I’m sure you’ll find more understandable and entertaining if you’re a non-American – I do normally really enjoy watching Diggnation so be sure to check it out!