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<![CDATA[Apparently, I was too hard on Adam Curry during my appearance on WebTalk Radio last weekend (WinMedia; Real; MP3). I was having some fun at the expense of the legend of the invention of podcasting, which involves a lot of credit being attributed to Curry and Dave Winer when, in fact, it was the result […]

<![CDATA[Apparently, I was too hard on Adam Curry during my appearance on WebTalk Radio last weekend (WinMedia; Real; MP3). I was having some fun at the expense of the legend of the invention of podcasting, which involves a lot of credit being attributed to Curry and Dave Winer when, in fact, it was the result of a lot of incremental changes in production, hosting and syndication tools. Listeners objected, Rob Greenlee has this to say:

On this weeks show Mitch Ratcliffe was harsh on Adam Curry and podcasting, his bigger points are logical and make sense. To Adam Curry‘s credit he has encouraged people to be creative and has spread the word. This is not the whole story about Podcasting though. As I have always said the whole podcasting hype is cultural not technological. It would be good if many of you who wrote can look past the hype and harshness to really think hard about podcasting for what it is and its roots.

Mitch Ratcliffe has been a guest co-host on the show for almost 6 years and he has brought thought provoking discussion to show listeners. While some have not always liked his commentary, others do agree with some of what he says. Thus he is doing what a good blogger does and sparks discussion. Mitch has done that here with podcasting.

The point of the show is to talk honestly and openly about the online issues of the day and sometimes that involves being very open about these issues as many podcasters and webcasters feel the same as Mitch on some of his topics.

You can be assured that Mitch is not jealous of anyone, these are his honest journalistic thoughts from many years of being involved in the creation and delivery of online media.

I want to thank everyone for being involved in the discussion and giving us your thoughts as that is valuable as well.

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I appreciate Rob’s supportive comments, but for those of us who have been working on downloadable audio (I as a producer, consultant and investor in Audible for many years, since its founding), such as Rob, who has been producing a downloaded show listened to more than one million times a month, and myriad others, it would be better for the survival of the medium if the myths are punctured early rather than later. Or, maybe I am just cranky because of the wingnuts attacking me today….]]>

6 replies on “Always rubbing people the wrong way….”

I had to stop listening to Adam’s podcasts… Hearing over and over again how the Prince of Podcasting can’t get broadband was really starting to annoy. The Daily Source Code is so bloggy in that annoying “This is what I had for breakfast, and here’s a picture of my cat!” way recently. Maybe I’ll just check in with him in a couple months.

Mitch, I was listening to that show in my car the other day and I also was struck by the large delta between y’all and the boat. You and I have talked about this, but I think you and Rob are forced into certain thought patterns about this by your history in the medium, and you just have a hard time breaking out of it.
I wrote up my thoughts on the subject this morning explaining where I think y’all are not clicking. I’d have tracked you back if I could, but I’ll just paste in the link instead.
http://www.evilgeniuschronicles.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/technology/computers/ipod-platform/050216_03.writeback

Cross-posting my comments to Dave’s blog…

The point I was making is that Audible invented downloadable content that can be subscribed to and magically appears (as well as updates your portable device based on how much of a long program you’ve listened to, provides user bookmarking for better navigation than MP3 and, better yet, is much more compact than an MP3 of comparable length). Podcasting is just a new name and an RSS-enabled approach to delivering part of what Audible.com has been doing for almost a decade.
That’s why this is an accretive change, and also why it will last, because Audible demonstrates that there are ways to generate revenue on self-produced content. (And, keep in mind, that I work with Audible and have since they launched.)

I love watching the dialog from where I sit at the controls, riding the volume levels as Rob and Mitch get excitable (in a completely non-sexual way).
Tonight, David, a friend and WebTalk listener from Scotland, IM’d me.
[By the way, I’m Brad Chase. Don’t ask]

David Cormack says:
this weeks show was hillarious
Brad Chase says:
oh – haha Mitch is a funny guy
David Cormack says:
i was in stiches first time i listened
Brad Chase says:
the FIRST time??
David Cormack says:
well i listen to it several times to take in everything
Brad Chase says:
You’re a God!
David Cormack says:
I try my best

Ha! Over at iPodlounge “Podcasting is the brainchild of Adam Curry and David Winer.”
http://www.ipodlounge.com/articles_more.php?id=6470_0_8_0_C
Stop whining. If you were half as interesting or entertaining as Curry your complaining would be easier to listen to, and I’m not saying your points aren’t valid by the way. But your childish manner (how old are you?) on the Webtalk PODCAST was really quite pathetic.

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