Five 0'Clock Shadow 10
Originally uploaded by evo_terra.
So it's 7:50 PM. Work with me here, people...
Time for me to express my undying love for another man. Yep, I'm comfy enough in my own sexuality to do that. The object of my love is Chris Miller. Why? The reasons are legion. But the impetus for this post and global affirmation comes from his post on Unquiet Desperations today, where he said:
Most days, I’m fairly sure that many of my non-podcasting friends have no idea why I helped build Podiobooks.com. It’s just free amateur audiobooks, right? What’s the big deal?
The big deal is this: we’re living in a time where the more traditional modes of content distribution are being shaken up from the bottom floor. Independent artists are able, with a relatively low barrier to entry, to create and release their content to a waiting, global audience. No major publishing houses. No record companies. It’s between you and your audience. This is so powerful and so moving, it’s hard to describe.
And that is why I love the man. How can I not?
Awww, shucks, Evo. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Just leave the money on the dresser when you leave.
Wow lots of mental bleach used to get those images removed...and all that facial hair. You guys should be proud. You have created an RSS powered megaphone-like device enabling creative people to reach places they might never have, without it. I think posterity will record PB.com as one of the new media or web 2.0 successes.ReplyDelete
He'll only hurt you, Evo. He's from the wrong side of the tracks, for one thing. I know this for a fact, as I live on the opposite side of those tracks.ReplyDelete
Plus, he's mine. Don't make me cut you, man!
All kidding aside, I like what Chris is saying (it makes me all tingly inside). The real trick here is that the audience could be so much bigger than it is today. As a podcasting "insider", I tend to fall into the trap of thinking that because I and so many of the people I interact with on a daily basis are Podiobooks or Magnatune listeners and subscribe to dozens of podcasts that surely everybody must be! I'm always amazed when I run into someone who owns a computer, has a high-speed Internet connection and a portable media player... but doesn't listen to podcasts! They're locked into getting all of their content through the so-called "traditional" channels and they have no idea how much stuff is available to them if only they'd branch out a bit.
We are - as Chris has mentioned on more than one occasion - at an interesting point in the development of new content-delivery paradigms. The scales have begun to tip as more and more and more mainstream media providers get on board this crazy train (mix drinks, not metaphors), and once the low-barrier delivery methods really start catching on across the board we'll see the relationship between provider and consumer change in a fundamental way.