Mearcstapas, the Media, and the Hope Thesis Podcast Trailor

I have some exciting news.

I’m releasing something.

No, I haven’t finished a book. But it does have to do with art, writing, and finding purpose in creativity, which is something I believe is an important topic to think and talk about as creatives.

It’s the (drumroll please) hOPE THESIS PODCAST.

And I’m releasing the first two interview episodes of the podcast as well as the website on April 1! But you know what is already released?

Episode 1: Trailer and Introduction. It’s up on iTunes Podcasts and Spotify!!! Check it out!!

But wait, you say. You’re hitting the return key way too much to the point where this post is starting to look like a terrible freeverse poem. Also, what the heck is the Hope Thesis Podcast about?

That, my friend, is what this post is all about. And fine, I’ll stop hitting the return key. I’m just a little too excited and it tends to come in the form of many indentations.

The Hope Thesis podcast is a project based on an idea I stumbled upon last year, deep into the fall semester while trying to come up with a compelling 3D design concept. And I did end up creating a logo reveal in After Effects, something I felt quite accomplished in after all the hours spent from sketch to completion. I talked a bit behind the idea of Hope Thesis and the logo I made in this post here, but today I’m here to say that the concept has become a real thing!

The idea of Hope Thesis came about shortly after I watched The Social Network. The media is being used in so many different ways that aren’t for good, such as spreading fake news––lies that ultimately control and manipulate the masses who crave any kind of news or gossip that falls under their umbrella of approval. In his book Culture Care, artist and writer Makoto Fujimura talks about “mearcstapas,” an Old English word from Beowulf to describe people who lived on the borders of their tribe to bring back news from other tribes and in doing so, connected people within their society with people in another. Artists play a role of responsibility in shaping a culture, and in a world where the widely accessible media has swallowed many different types of art and has communicated stories falsely labelled as truths, mearcstapas are needed more than ever. The internet has connected many communities and cultures together, but it is the unique qualities of different societies that strengthen the culture they make up.

And yet, we consume so much that our common sense is watered down and anything that appears credible online, in the news, or on social media ends up becoming truth. Everything is black and white, right or wrong. We easily take offense and blindly believe circling popular opinions, while our logic and reason are left in the dust, unused and unsharpened. It is this culture consumed by media and false news that I want to take a stand against. I thought more about it and realized that as a writer and creative, I want to combat the art that is only made for commodity and a commission and as a means to spread fake stories and receive attention through shock-value. I don’t want to simply push pixels for money or write whatever will get me the biggest readership. I want to create with a theme of hope, to spread beauty and design and stories that don’t just reveal brokenness, but also points to the hope that the brokenness can be overcome. This is also a conviction that I have spiritually and that I’ve come to terms with as someone who’s merely lived through 2020 and as a consumer of media and pop culture. The good news? Art is power. And artists can be “messengers of hope and reconciliation to a divided culture” (Fujimura 58).

When I had the idea for the podcast, it was because I had to make something for my senior capstone design project. But as soon as I started brainstorming and putting the pieces of the idea together, it soon became something I did more with a passion than with obligation to do homework for a grade. I was excited to finally put my concept for hope thesis into something real that I could talk about with other artists and share with others. And so, the podcast was ideated. The microphone was bought and the website was born and the episodes were recorded. My first episode, the trailor and introduction for this podcast, is mainly me just trying to get over the awkwardness of talking into a microphone and looking at garageband record my voice, glancing at my notes every so often. I’ve never done this before, but I’ve always entertained the idea of having a podcast and interviewing other people. And now I get to interview other artists and creatives about their work, their creative process, and how they spread the theme of hope in what they do. And I’m super excited to share it with you and to invite you to subscribe and listen to the Hope Thesis podcast.

So, ahem. Without further ado:

Welcome, my friends, to the Hope Thesis podcast!!!

4 responses to “Mearcstapas, the Media, and the Hope Thesis Podcast Trailor”

  1. This looks awesome! The concept of mearcstapas is super cool, and I love the idea of tying that in with art. And the mindset behind Hope Thesis… I agree wholeheartedly. I’ll definitely be following the podcast!


    • Ahh thank you so much!!! Yeah, I found the mearcstapas concept really interesting. I definitely recommend Fujimura’s book Culture Care! It’s been an uplifting and convicting read so far for me as a creative.

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