Saturday, June 23, 2007

Podcasters Across Borders: Podcasting as Community

Podcasters Across Borders
Kingston, June 23, 2007

Who Are We Anyway? Podcasting as a Community
Ted Riecken -

“The medium is the message” - McLuhan, 1964

Identity, culture and change

“Podcasting community” - two historical comparisons
- why are we here? Shared interests, similar backgrounds
- putting a face to the voice

1. Medieval cities compared to podcasting:

George Woodcock - cities emerged to allow people who lived outside castle walls, who were on the periphery - came together to survive. People who were independent, free thinkers

libsyn - liberated syndication
“free radio”

This is a space that is open and "liberatory"

People with common interests coming together. Learning and sharing. Real people, stories, experience. You can relate to this more than “reality TV” or to highly produced movie, TV. Mostly exists in an unregulated space. Not the case for people working in mainstream media.

2. Frontier culture also characterizes podcasting

transitory, emerging, evolving

limited and alternative forms of commerce; monetizing and business don’t necessarily mesh with podcasting

emphasis on freedom, opportunity and growth; allows you to express yourself in ways you didn’t know you could before

on the edge; unregulated; operates on the periphery; issues around what you can and can’t do; undefined

easy access for all; inexpensive; you just need to work hard to develop your “settlement”

As a community, what are some of the features?

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