May 4th, 2010 | daybook
Tuesday: Mark Millar’s launching a massive new magazine, Alan Moore’s getting the third issue of his countercultural organ out, the IRON MAN 2 videogame that Matt Fraction wrote is out today, and I’m fiddling around with podcasts. Which tells you all you need to know about my career, really.
Due to iTunes for Windows being basically a malevolent piece of shitware designed by subhuman Things with flippers for hands and dogturds for brains, I recently had to delete and rebuild my entire library. It did, however, give me the excuse to rethink my podcast subscriptions. One thing I do like about this phone is that it makes the capture and carrying of podcasts pretty effortless. The above is my current list — I decided to dump History Of The World In 100 Objects, Aural Apocalypse and Brainwashed. I need to move Cafe Kaput to iTunes from Google Reader at some point.
(Aural Apocalypse wasn’t actually bad, most of the time, but — perhaps perversely? — I was finding it over-long.)
The thing about podcasts, of course, is that there’s a million of them, and most of them are shit, and as far as I can see the curation process is completely broken.
(You may also notice there are two video podcasts in there too. I’m aware of very few interesting examples of vodcasts/vlogs, too.)
This is only interesting insofar as it breaks the oft-quoted (not least by me) "the internet is a level playing field" rule (although it was, when I first started saying it, in 1998). It’s that point where old media encroaches into new territory and sets up a little Danelaw of its own on the coast. It’s where old brands have power and everyone else is thrown into a big pit to plead for a little bit of digital mercy.
I have a feeling that finding new podcasts I like is going to involve hacking through thick underbrush with a big stick.
(And, apologies to comics podcasters, but if you think I want to listen to comics podcasts after making comics all day, you’re insane.)