Regular listeners to the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine know what an important part the theme music plays in the podcast.
Marshall McLuhan was a well known Canadian Professor of Communication theory at the University of Toronto. He has a famous quote saying that “the medium is the message”. I like this quote and have used it often to refer to my social medial/knowledge translation project. However, this is my favourite Marshall McLuhan quote:
“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment
doesn’t know the first thing about either.”
I am often asked which comes first, the article or the theme music? Let me assure everyone that it is about the literature.
After the paper has been selected I look to that rich era of music the 1980’s. Only then do I try to find a song which fits the topic being discussed. While I try to get music from the 1980’s there are a few times where a song from another era fits better.
Here is the list of the music I used in Season #1 of the SGEM to help cut the knowledge translation window from over 10 years to less than one year.