Looking back at the third year of The Private Citizen and at the topics discussed and issues tackled in 2022.
As usual, at the end of the year, I take a look back at all of the episodes of The Private Citizen published this year.
The Year 2022 in Review
I’ve released 50 episode in 2020 and 53 episodes in 2021. This year, there was a sharp decline in published episodes. I only managed to release 35 episodes in 2022. This means that the third year of the show was the first year of the podcast in which I failed in my goal of releasing an episode for every week of the year. I will endeavour to rectify this, and make up the lost episodes, in the coming year.
Despite of this, the show’s average listenership has markedly increased this year. We went from around 2000 - 3000 listeners in 2020 and about 4000 - 5000 listeners during 2021 to just over 10,000 listeners this year. The podcast now has almost a third of the listenership Linux Outlaws had back at its peak. I am very happy with this and I am very thankful for all the feedback and support I have received from you over the last three years.
As a side note, I did no interview episodes this year. This was not for lack of trying, but I did have issues finding interesting people to talk to who also want to talk to me. In one or two cases, scheduling issues also fouled up my chances for an interview episode.
So, without further ado, here’s a recap of the 34 regular episodes of The Private Citizen in 2022.
The SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
- Episode 104: Triage is Too Logical for Germans
- Episode 106: Concluding the Coronavirus Coverage, Part 2
The War in Ukraine
- Episode 109: Agitprop Ahoy!
- Episode 112: What Does Putin Want?
- Episode 115: A Second Winter War?
- Episode 125: What Happened with Nord Stream?
Elon Musk, Twitter & The Twitter Files
- Episode 116: The Left’s Fear of Musk
- Episode 129: What Happens When Elon Musk Buys Twitter?
- Episode 132: Twitter Melts Down
- Episode 133: A Blessing and a Curse
- Episode 135: The Twitter Files, Part 1
- Episode 136: The Twitter Files, Part 2
Censorship & The Culture Wars
- Episode 107: Neil Young is Being a Dick
- Episode 111: Peak Hypocrisy
- Episode 124: When Doing the Right Thing Actually Isn’t
Issues with Modern Journalism
- Episode 119: Authoritarian Consequences of the Pandemic
- Episode 126: The Scourge of Fear-Based Journalism
The Societal Impact of AI Technologies
- Episode 105: Law vs. Justice – The Difference between Law and Justice
- Episode 114: War and Justice – International Law, War Crimes, Relations between Sovereign States
- Episode 117: Blockchain Basics – Blockchains
- Episode 118: Non-Fungible Bullshit – NFTs
- Episode 123: Electrical Network Frequency Analysis
- Episode 128: Ask the Next Question – Theodore Sturgeon’s approach to critical thinking
Discrete Topical Episodes
- Episode 108: The Biggest Security Vulnerability of All Time – Log4Shell
- Episode 120: Driver Disenfranchisement in the EU – eCall, ISA, EU Legislation on Cars
- Episode 130: The Planet Is Fine – Environmentalism, Climate Change
Note: Since I took February off to finish the first draft of my novel, I also skipped the two year anniversary episode.
- Episode 121: Bits and Bobs, Part 2 – Updates on Several Topics
- Episode 127: Special Military Operation – Feedback Episode
- Episode 137: Tracking Elon’s Jet – Feedback Episode
Since I’ve just released a feedback episode, there really isn’t any feedback to talk about at this time. But please keep sending me your thoughts on the show!
If you have any thoughts on the things discussed in this or previous episodes, please join our forum and compare notes with other producers. You can also contact me in several other, more private ways.
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Thanks and Credits
I’d like to credit everyone who’s helped with any aspect of this production and thus became a part of the show. I am thankful to the following people, who have supported this episode through Patreon and PayPal and thus keep this show on the air:
Sir Galteran, Rhodane the Insane, Steve Hoos, Butterbeans, Michael Small, 1i11g, Jaroslav Lichtblau, Jonathan M. Hethey, Michael Mullan-Jensen, Dave, Sandman616, Jackie Plage, ikn, Bennett Piater, Rizele, IndieGameiacs, avis, Vlad, Joe Poser, Dirk Dede, Kai Siers, David Potter, Cam, Mika, MrAmish, Robert Forster, krunkle, Captain Egghead, RJ Tracey, Rick Bragg, RikyM, astralc, Barry Williams, Jonathan, Superuser, D, Florian Pigorsch and Juhan Sonin.
Many thanks to my Twitch subscribers: Mike_TheDane, jonathane4747, mtesauro, Galteran, l_terrestris_jim, pkeymer, m0dese7en_is_unavailable, redeemerf and Stoopidenduser.
I am also thankful to Bytemark, who are providing the hosting for this episode’s audio file.
The show’s theme song is Acoustic Routes by Raúl Cabezalí. It is licensed via Jamendo Music. Other music and some sound effects are licensed via Epidemic Sound. This episode’s ending song is Lord of Likes by Duke Herrington feat. LaKesha Nugent.