Kettles and Pots

I am subscribed to a Feedster search on “podcast*” and sometimes it turns up real doozies. Here is a particularly dumb criticism. I’m using this as an example – this guy is not alone. Probably 1 in 20 posts from that feed are the moral equivalents of this sentiment.

I’m simultaneously amused, bemused, and violently disgusted by podcasting. Am I wrong in thinking this essentially lets every idiot in the world have their own radioshow… which is not new, but the novelty being now that they get to inflict their spastic sonic stylings in stagnant form?

What is the platform from which he is making these pronouncements? A weblog, which can be equally dismissed as “letting every idiot in the world have their own newspaper.” A weblogger that dismisses podcasting as inflicting tripe on the world is like someone dressed as Mr. Spock giving Dr. Who fans shit for being dorks. If you can’t tell that you are soaking in the same broth, perhaps you aren’t as insightful as you let on.

Ponder that before you inflict your spastic prosaic stylings on the blogosphere.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

10 thoughts on “Kettles and Pots”

  1. PJ Cabrera says:

    I used to have a college roommate that carried a beeper shaped like a Star Trek Original Series communicator. He used to talk shit about people that wore slogan t-shirts, so much, you’d think it was a sin. I wish I had heard this Mr. Spock fan vs Dr. Who fans quote back then.

    Now, not to be a dork or anything, but this is like the 10th time you’ve let the dissing of podcasting “get to you”, even though you said you wouldn’t. I just want to say, I don’t care if you spend time discussing this or not, in your weblog or in the podcast.

    After all, weren’t nearly all webloggers frothing at the mouth at the “CNN bloggers” thing during the party conventions and during the elections?

    I say keep on talking about whatever the hell you want, it’s your show, it’s been part of the content of the show, and it’s part of what your audience likes you to froth at the mouth about. Ok, maybe that was a bit of an exageration. I’d like you to feel free discuSsing it, maybe not frothing at the mouth, much. 🙂

  2. Dave says:

    PJ, I know, I know. The main reason I did it yet again is because that Mr. Spock simile occurred to me and I wanted to get that in permanent form. This is edited down from about 3 times the length when I realized that mostly what I wanted from this post is to get that pithy (and pissy) statement out there. It seems to have been worth it since Eric Rice has already picked up on it.

  3. mike dunn says:

    since “eric” comes before “evil” in my aggregator, i routed through his post “dave slusher is my hero” before seeing your post directly – so yes, dave it was worth it 😉

    the spock vs who reference is brilliant…

    from my surfer/snowboarder background, it’s similar to the pithy longboard vs shortboard or rider vs skier aggression that occurs…

    it’s all about the journey, no matter the tool selected, so jump on, ride and enjoy or shut-up and go home :-p

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dave Slusher rocks! “A weblogger that dismisses podcasting as inflicting tripe on the world is like someone dressed as Mr. Spock giving Dr. Who fans shit for being dorks.” Classic!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Over at evilgeniuschronicles, Dave Slusher has dug out yet another Internet pundit who proclaims that the idea of allowing every individual to have their own radio show is somehow a bad thing. I promised that I wouldn’t rant, and it may seem like …

  6. Kurt says:

    That guy’s comment made me think of my morning commute. There are five stations that might play music I would enjoy. But NO music, just mindless blather. If EGC and other podcasts are blather, at least, its blather I have sought out and resonate too. If everyone can have there own radio show, the odds of finding something I will like goes up. I don’t see a downside here.

  7. Dave says:

    I edited that post down from a much longer one, since I decided my zingy one-liner was the real point. In the longer version I addressed that issue – are jackbooted thugs breaking in your house and making you listen? Having a problem with podcasting is like having a problem when a restaurant serves a cuisine you don’t like – if you don’t like the shit, don’t pursue it. Mark at Brainwagon makes the same point in his link above. It’s self-selected and takes extra steps. There is zero chance of you accidentally receiving a podcast, so if you don’t like it go do something you do like.

  8. Bill Riski says:

    Well put Dave.

  9. Leo says:

    Basically this guy is moaning about podcasting having free speech, when he’s using his right to free speech to bitch about it…need I say more?

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