Podcast #083: Hanno The Navigator – A case study of Instagram v Reality

Someone is sat on a stool by a small table in front of a cafe. The walls of the cafe are plain and covered with posters for Vietnamese beer.

Welcome to Episode 083 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast.

And so to the second part of ‘let’s make a podcast that’s going to cause more unfollowers than followers’. Mind you, let’s be honest, I’ve had several podcast episodes like that, and nothing untoward has happened. Maybe I should be more controversial. There again.

I wasn’t originally sure what to do for this episode. I toyed with the idea of doing one on ‘ancient and mediaeval Travel Bloggers you need to know about’, but I realised it would require far too much research in the time I had available. However using the very first one, Hanno The Navigator, as a ‘hook’, I realised I could go down a very different path, which combines history, Instagram, and ethical behaviour, but not in the way you might expect.

Topics discussed in this episode are:

  • A very brief housekeeping update
  • The voyage of Hanno The Navigator
  • Issues with the surviving account of Hanno’s voyage
  • Why everyone should take more selfies
  • The South Sea Bubble
  • History is elitist and biased
  • Why editing photographs isn’t that bad really
  • Hanoi’s Train Street
  • Geotagging and the problem of lost cities
  • Recording the mundane, from pencil sharpeners to Friendship Books
  • Viking helmets don’t have horns

You can listen via the feed above, or via Spotify, or on your podcast app of choice. Let me know if it isn’t, by the way, and I’ll see what I can do. In addition, a PDF transcript of this episode is available.

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