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Written on December 30, 2004, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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I have heard the future and I am scared. I am scared for all of us. I am scared because I now know that a lot of the future is going to be very, very boring.

I have always been a proponent of peer-to-peer file sharing. I made friends from using Napster. I support the principle of open source. I eat open source cornflakes. I think collage is a bona-fide art form, and that file sharing is good for artists because it increases their fanbase. I support the European anti-trust fight against Microstiff. I hate Windoze Meeja Player. Give me Liberty or give me Bad Breath. But I’m not sure I like the insidious democratic spread of technology when it leads to Podcasting.

I just listened to this: http://www.mikemontalvo.com/podcasts/MLC_2004_12_29.mp3 – before you click the link, it’s a 6.7MB mp3 file.

This is Mike Montalvo’s latest Podcast, and it’s fabulously representative of the Podcast genre. In it, Mike rambles on about a news item about a man who wrecked airplanes so he didn’t have to go to work, and the software he writes, and his christmas holiday, and Mike may well indeed be a nice man and probably is a good software coder but he has a rather boring voice and doesn’t say much with it. There’s no music at all, except the obvious lift “Radio Is Dead” as an in and outro. Mike should have been doing this at age 13 with two cassette decks.

None of these wannabe internet jocks actually prepares their work. Hardly anyone edits it. And in some respects, I like the spontaneity of that. But, it’s so bland most of this stuff. Nobody has the heart to say, the attempt is not enough. So, let me say here and now, THE ATTEMPT IS NOT ENOUGH. Just because you have an iPod, a nice microphone, some ipodder software, a blog, and mild self-obsession doesn’t make it or you cool or interesting.

To seek, said Picasso, is nothing – to FIND is the thing. He was right. If you have to share something, why not be a little bit more attentive not to it’s potential, but to it’s actual ? Why not ditch the whole thing because it’s shit ? delete the odd line here and there ? And in audio format, why not get some basic production values under your belt before drowning us all in a blizzard of “drone drone drone drone….um.. ah.. wait a minute.. i’m not too good at this…thump.. fzzz…. drone drone drone drone….” Ever heard of scripts ?

If you’re not too good at something, go away and practise, and come back when you are !
File under: Life: General Advice

I am scared because, thanks to Apple, whose hardware and software I have used for the last 10 years, soon everyone will be clogging up the Interweb with utterly banal drivel about their lives – except THIS TIME IN AUDIO FORMAT – and in their minds’ eyes they will all be just like Adam Curry, and consider themselves cutting-edge cultural acolytes that bands and record companies will seek out and send butch motorcycle couriers winking and crackling with quasi-military radio devices to deliver sexy packages several times a week with unreleased material that’s an exclusive for your Podcast for, oh, maybe 10 minutes – until someone downloads your Podcast and chops out the bit they like from it and puts it into their own Podcast and fails to attribute the source (just like Blogging) and somehow this cultural flotsam floating like bits of a blasted and sunken ship on the high seas of the demise of ORIGINAL THOUGHT and ACTUAL FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE and PLANNING is supposed to be all in the spirit of the Jolly effing Roger.

I am scared because I am the only one I know without an iPod.

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This thing has 5 Comments

  1. transience
    Posted 30 December, 2004 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    i’m the only one i know without an iPod either.

    oh god, you’re right.

    this is scary.

  2. Chromatin
    Posted 30 December, 2004 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Ok, well this is weird. I’m the only one I know who has got an iPod (it was a present).
    I heard some podcasting a few weeks back on Phil Jupitus’ Radio6 show. It was some guy in Middle America. Quite freaky.

  3. Kabooke Quantum Fighter
    Posted 31 December, 2004 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    allo. i like you blog. seems like you put a considerable amount of thought into keeping a polished site. m’impressed. in any case you are right about the blog explosion sheaat. 30 seconds, scoot off. bollocks. anyways have a good one, drop by mine sometime.

  4. Mike M
    Posted 16 January, 2005 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    The beauty of podcasting is if you don’t like it, you don’t HAVE to listen. I actually find most other podcasts boring myself…

    I won’t defend myself, because nothing you said wasn’t true. My voice does suck and my stories *are* boring. (and they probably haven’t gotten much better).. But I’m not trying to become the next radio personality, just having a little fun at something new. You should try it some time.

    I will defend the comment about preparing and editing. I know a lot of people go back and post-produce their show. I like the ‘live’ feel of a show rather than scripted post-edited one so thats how I choose to do them. I usually have an outline of the topics, but that of course doesn’t always keep the show moving smoothly..

    Personally, I don’t think this Podcast thing will last. It’s a fad and just like every other ‘in’ thing, it will eventually go ‘out’. Adam Curry thinks it’s the next wall outlet, but I don’t see it happening.

    -Mike Montalvo

  5. Thomas
    Posted 26 February, 2005 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I can do you one better – I don’t even know what an iPod is.

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