Transition Seeker Podcast

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Hi, I’m Russell.

To quote my friend Rui who came up with this site’s title (and let me use the domain name when I couldn’t get any of the ones I wanted): “My idea with TransitionSeeker was always to have a website and/or podcast focused on political, economic, social and environmental issues that looked at how we transition both personally and as a society from our current sociopolitical systems to a new society in the digital age etc.” With this podcast I hope to live up to that ambition, but with a specific pop culture sociology focus centered on presenting critical and creative responses to pop culture consumption. I’m aiming to encourage listeners to be conscious consumers, because I believe much of what we consume is unconscious, unthinking and therefore easily manipulated. Further, I’m hoping I can get people to look beyond their usual consumption patterns and check out stuff, cultural items and ideas challenging to them, where they transcend or transition beyond their predictable class, racial or cultural profiles/personas. In short, I want everyone to be cultural omnivores!

Welcome to the TransitionSeeker Podcast page and our first podcast! We’re about promoting creative and critical responses to popular culture, focusing specially on ways to transition from unconscious (or passive) to conscious (or active) consumption. This week’s inaugural episode introduces your host Russell Forden, former Media Studies teacher and pop culture scholar. Russell unpacks the question of just how much choice we have as pop culture consumers, and suggests we make more use of alternative media, especially online media, where more choice is possible. He then profiles the movie hobby site Letterboxd, including a review of Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker. He ends the show with a segment about Life Hacks and Bucket Lists, which includes a review of The Sand Bucket List by David Hoffman. Russell makes connections between life hacks and downshifting, and bucket lists and goal setting. The podcast ends on a thoughtful note with a brief reading from the Tao Te Ching.

Here are some quotes featured in the podcast:

  • Rule numero uno about pop culture: there’s so much of it now that it forces you to be selective about what you consume, otherwise it can overwhelm you. It’s therefore an excellent idea to have some strategies in mind in terms of how to navigate it.
  • We have a certain amount of choice that we exercise, but for most part we don’t have that choice, we’re not even aware of it.
  • Despite the gatekeepers, like Google and Facebook, the internet has been one of the great revolutions in mass media in the last 20 years in its ability to democratize our consumption.
  • It’s always tempting to sit back and consume the things that are put in front of us because of advertising dollars, or popularity, or even ideology.
  • Bucket lists are impressive, but probably the most important item for a bucket list will be the one that’s not on it.
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What’s on the Menu at LisMel Publishing in 2019?

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Website Development:

An update of our website is the task at hand at the moment.

We’ve just changed our WordPress theme and also added some additional plug-ins and widgets to improve the functionality and the aesthetic for our site visitors. We appreciate your feedback on your user experience on our updated site and any comments you have are most welcome.

As always with all things technical, this remains a work in progress.

The overhaul of the website was overdue given that our primary focus has shifted to creating and publishing content rather than reselling books online. We designed our previous website to function foremost as an ecommerce store, but this is no longer our primary aim and has enabled us to experiment with a broader range of magazine style WordPress themes more suited to our needs as content creators and distributors.

Website Content:

The site will showcase our in-house publications like Russell’s self-published first novel Eye of the TimeGate and provide a platform for our upcoming publications and other projects. Visitors will be able to engage and follow these projects on our blog posts and on The Swamp Podcast  we‘ve embedded as a live feed on the site.

We’ve also added Disqus onto LisMel Publishing site to facilitate the engagement with our audience and provide an improved mechanism for audience comment and feedback.


We plan to upload a series of short stories by Russell over the next few weeks including, The Butterfly Breeze, that was in part a prelude or off-shoot of Eye of the TimeGate. He is working on the second book in his TimeGate time travel series, which we plan to publish early next year. TimeGate fans can follow this publishing journey on The Swamp Podcast and The Swamp – New Adventures in Pop Culture website.

I’m also working on a few writing projects this year including LisMel, an interactive family history project that will also hopefully provide the research material I’m collating for my own first novel. The goal is to have LisMel ready for publication as an eBook later this year, and a first draft of the novel.

The Swamp Podcast:

Having updated and revamped the LisMel Publishing website, it seemed only natural to experiment with new a podcasting platform and recording process for The Swamp podcast show at the same time! We’ve moved our podcast hosting across to Anchor from Soundcloud to take advantage of Anchors integrated recording and marketing distribution channels.

Russell is finishing the post-production editing of the second part of a two-part year in review podcast we recently recorded. The episode should go up on Anchor later next week.

Again, we would welcome and value any feedback and comment from our audience on the quality of the recordings and ease of download with our migration to the Anchor platform experiment. Any feedback and comment on The Swamp’s  content and entertainment value is also appreciated and welcome.

Here’s wishing all our readers, visitors and listeners a happy and prosperous 2019!