If you clicked on this headline, we’d hazard a guess you:
A) Need to relax.
B) Want to a new podcast for your daily commute and/or pre-bed routine.
C) Saw the phrase ‘boner’ and clicked immediately, allowing your reptilian brain momentarily mutiny over your mind.
D) All of the above.
Whatever the reason, welcome.
We have an announcement to whisper. The Pedestrian Podcast Network has today launched its latest series.
It’s called Slow News, and it’s a weekly podcast designed to keep you up to date with the biggest breaking pop culture news stories from PEDESTRIAN.TV without stressing you out as a typical newsfeed might.
Life, and the news, moves pretty quickly. If you don’t slow down and whisper some of the biggest stories every week, you might miss them.
So, instead of delivering the news as you’d expect to hear it (with pace, great diction and rigour), we’re whispering the spiciest nuggets of pop culture to lull you into a relaxed state.
It’s all based on Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR for short.
ASMR is an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.
It’s akin to that deeply relaxed feeling of pleasure you get when someone tickles your forearm or plays with your hair. Or when you watch others draw, or type, or whisper. Some people even experience it when doctors examine them (the stethoscope is a great conduit).
The phenomena has spawned a huge, cult-like following on YouTube, with millions of people around the world hooked on watching the videos before bed to ease them into sleep.
Here’s Margot Robbie and Gal Gadot giving it a go:
Not everyone is capable of experiencing ASMR, but for those who do, it’s heavs.
The best way to find out if you’re blessed to possess the kind of brain that responds to ASMR triggers is to listen. So, without further ado, here’s the first episode of Slow News: