David Green is a broadcast journalist by trade, currently working as a staff seargent in the US Army in Iraq. And he does a great podcast called REVERSE RETINA. Check it out if you're interested in news from the front.
Tony Harris put me onto this tonight - Chris Pirillo (hey Chris - you still owe me dinner) did an interview with a guy called Jacob Appelbaum. Jacob's a guy from San Fran who has recently spent time in both Iraq and is now in New Orleans, taking photos. He talks about what he's seen in both places.
I loved his point about the so-called "insurgency" in Iraq. To paraphrase, he said "hey, if an invading army came into my country and started killing my family, I'd probably take up arms against them as well". That's the way I've felt since the beginning. The USA, UK and Australia sent troops into Iraq. We've killed 25,000+ civilians along the way. And yet the Iraqis who are trying to defend themselves against this unprovoked attack are called by our politicans and media "insurgents". Why not "freedom fighters"? Why not "patriots"?
If the roles were reversed... if Saddam had invaded the USA... if he had wiped out their army and their leaders... and the people took up arms against them... you better believe they would think of themselves as patriots.
Anyway... congrats Chris and major kudos to Jacob. A terrific podcast.
I just tested Google Talk audio for the first time with a 13 year old from the Bay Area called Robbie Trencheny. It was great! Turns out, Robbie is a member of "The Teen Podcast Network". They've got as many shows as we do! Man.... maybe we should join forces, then we could call ourselves TPNTPN ot TPN^2 or something.
Congratulations to James Prudente and the TinyScience team! They’ve released version 1.0 of MixCast Live, their podcast recording platform. I’ve been using MCL now for about a month and I’m very happy with it. James has done a terrific job and has given the podcast world a very valuable tool! Check it out!
I’ve been reading JD Lasica’s terrific new book DARKNET and I even had the chance to chat with him a couple of days ago for G’DAY WORLD (that interview will be up in the next 24 hours). But it’s all got me thinking about “what do we do about the music industry” and their current war on terrorism. As I said to JD during our chat, we need to start to educate the masses that the future isn’t about finding a model for the music industry and the downloaders to live in harmony – it’s in creating a totally NEW music industry, one that enables emerging, unsigned artists to find an audience and to develop a brand new commercial model for helping them derive an income from their art. Screw the RIAA. They can keep their music locked up in digital dungeons. I don’t give a rats. I’m already getting all of the new music I need from “podsafe” podcasts, like TPN’s own ROCK SHOW, MIXTAPE SHOW, JAZZ SHOW, and the many, many other podcasts out there that herald new emerging talent and that have nothing to do with the RIAA or the big labels. These shows are providing me with HOURS of GREAT music every week. Why do I need to buy music from the big labels?
And so, today I’m launching my push for making August 2005 “DON’T BUY MUSIC” month. I want to create a movement that helps ALL of the music podcasts to get more attention and to get music lovers to cease paying for music in a way that also doesn’t require piracy. If we can get people behind this movement, we can do two things:
promote music podcasts
hurt the RIAA where it counts – their hip pockets.
This is the only way we’ll ever change the RIAA and the big labels. By hurting their revenue. Vote with your dollars people. Start today by listening to music podcasts and by helping me promote “DON’T BUY MUSIC” month.
Well it's nice to think that I've inspired at least someone in the last 12 months and I don't know anyone I'd rather be an inspiration to than the grllz over at the Smut Podcast. They've recently been conducting a survey on podcasting porn that one of my earlier surveys apparently inspired. When I first read the trackback, I thought I was actually inspiring the PORN, ya know? YA KNOW???! This is a different thing. Entirely. Ah well. Live in hope. :-)