It started innocently enough:
Why is it people seem to think being apologists for really bad podcasts is a good idea? Improving the medium should be a goal for all.
Then took a sharp turn:
Yes, most of those podcasts really suck, objectively speaking, everything about them is bad. Stop mollycoddling them and accept that.
Definite Twitter world first for me: first use of the word "mollycoddling" in a tweet. We think the timing of this rant is absolutely perfect for the sort of blog and show we intend to be, one that critiques and tries to help push everyone forward. As Robert Hunter would say, "Every time that wheel turn round/
Bound to cover just a little more ground." Anyway, back to TB:
Maybe then, people might actually do a bit of research, look and what they're doing wrong, and contribute to improving the medium.
It probably is but with my grasp of English I'm really not sure if that's even a sentence. But I am sure that I agree with the sentiment. Self-evaluation and tightening up your own ship will help improve the quality of podcasts overall because more folks will have to strive to compete to make their product at least as good if not better than what's already out there when competing for listeners. Makes perfect sense.
As opposed to taking a giant big dump on their RSS feeds every week and claiming it's ok because it's 'independent' and 'new media'.
I always think that the period should go inside the quotation at the end of a sentence but that's just me. But he's still correct. The attitude he describes is clearly a cop-out or "emailing it in" as the young people don't like to say.
GRAHHH, can you tell I'm a little riled over this particular subject? If you're not going to contribute to my medium, fucking leave it.
We love the passion. And he clarified in a tweet back at Shawn Coons that he was using the royal "my."
Just go away, do something else, something you're good at or at least willing to put some effort into. Quit dragging everyone else down.
Bravo! Couldn't agree more.
Anyway, what's all this actually about? Apparently the 1up guys released a new show without turning on their microphones. And their fans defended them by saying to lighten up, "it's only a podcast." In the interest of full disclosure I have never met or spoken with TotalBiscuit and knowing my contrary nature I will likely not agree with him on much but think he's pretty justified for his tweety outrage. All groups need voices not afraid to kick everyone in the pants every once in a while when things are going awry. And when complacency settles in that's exactly when things start to get stifling, as in stifling boredom. Surely that wasn't a sentence, but hope you catch my drift. ;-)