Podcasting Is The New Punk

Dec 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Citizen Media

Barney Jameson at DV247 thinks that podcasting is the new punk:

The sad truth is that these days if someone snatched my iPhone from my fingers to see what I was listening to they would be less likely to find a demo by a new breaking band than an episode of Movies You Should See. Or Super Happy Fun Time. Or Here Goes Nothing. Or Answer Me This.

I like to think that part of the reason is my ingrained love of low-fi production values and DIY spirit. Anyone can record a podcast, it takes very little equipment and even less expertise.

Far more important than the money spent on setting up is the quality of what the podcaster has to say. It’s the message that matters, not the sheen put over it. Crucially, podcasters are also highly unlikely to make any money out of their efforts, meaning they broadcast simply to be heard. If that’s not punk then I don’t know what is.

Podcasting is the new punk.

It’s the new ‘zines, too.

What makes podcasting exciting is not that CNN and ABC and NPR have podcasts – but that you can have one, I can have one – anyone can have one.

For a long time, many tech analysts were distracted by the question of whether or not podcasts could make money. Now that this has been demonstrated over and over, maybe more will reconsider the aspect of podcasting that’s really interesting – that podcasting is the new punk.

Punk Bloke: Zoria

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