Brian Buckman has written an interesting article called Invasion of the Podcasters that appears as the cover story of the April 14 Chicago weekly NewCity. Buckman interviewed me via email and included some of my words in the article. His editng of my words positions me to act as a counter-point in the story to the commercialization efforts centering around Podcasting. Let me say here for the record, I AM NOT AGAINST MAKING MONEY. I am all for earning money doing something you love that is creative. Podcasting is a with-all-your-heart creative endeavor. To me making money Podcasting is fine as long as it stays fun, doesn’t hurt people, etc. It is possible to be a ethical and socially responsible business person. Just tricky. I really enjoyed this article. It’s casual use of real human language and facts makes for fun and informative reading.
Rob over at Podast411.com interviewed me for his show about Audio Activism, PodcasterCon , and a few other things. Here’s the link to the interview mp3. You can use my podcast feed to get it too. [with Rob’s permission of course] One of my favorite parts of Podcast411 are all the podcasting HowTos and links to tutorials. My favorite question Rob asked me was “What was you first computer?” This took me back many years and sorta set my life in perspective. BTW… my first computer was a Apple II GS.
The News and Observer, a daily newspaper in Raleigh, NC, has a article out today called Podcasting Takes Off. I spoke with it’s author G.D. Gearino about the subject last week. He kindly mentions me and AudioActivism in this article. Specifically he touches on my interests and trepidation, of commercial broadcast quality polish. First person casual *is* more important! I’m really looking forward to meeting all of these folks in my area who podcast. BTW… Hey folks who run the N&O website, THANKS FOR THE LINK to this site. Hey N&O owners, ya’lls website is pretty savvy. You have RSS feeds. Nice!
Update: As Mur noticed on her blog Geek Fu Action Grip the N&O article is available intermittently. I could read the entire article once. Second time I was asked to register. Registration has legetiment purposes if your asking for folks to participate. If your just data mining and only want us to consume passively…. that sucks. Hey N&O owners, this is very UNSAVVY part of your website.
Questions for the N&O: How long will this article be available online? Does your text “content” get hidden by a pay per view wall after a certain date? How can you be a paper of record if the record of your article isn’t public available without a fee? Atleast we can still go to the library and find the paper version or the microfiche. Can’t we?
A few weeks ago I did an interivew with Marty Kearns the Executive Director of Green Media Toolshed in Washington, DC. While I was interviewing him I was interviewed about Podcasting by Voice of America TV. Fortunatly VOA put the video of the story online because they don’t broadcast in US. This is part of the law preventing a US government media source, VOA, from serving “official” propaganda to US citizens. BIG thanks to Chris Macdonald of indiefeed.com, who told me about the story and gave me a place to stay when I was in DC, Marty Kearns for being interviewed, and Brian Purchia of VOA who produced the story. You can can find the story here and a copy of the video here. (Real Player 9.5MB)
This Sunday I did a phone interview with Brendan Watson of SmudgedInk.org. We discussed stuff like Grassroots Journalism, the Digital Divide, Audio recording technology, the importance of content and ideas, Podcasting, the future, etc. Here is the MP3 of the Podcast. It sounds great, has fantastic style, and good content. Brendan is a pro!