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Now, for writing, music tends to work better. I can kind of ignore it, and it’s rare that I’m going to get sucked in to whatever I’m listening to and abandon the work. That’s happened every once in a while while I had on a podcast or a movie, and it’s obviously counterproductive.
But I’ve found recently that if I listen to old podcasts — reruns, essentially — I don’t get as sucked in. I can still sit down and plow through the words (which is kind of the reason the current Tweet_Book has been spotty since my vacation — there’s only so much time in the day, and I have several projects running). I’ve especially been going back to old Nerdist, Smodcast, and Hollywood Babble-On episodes of late.
Something that’s struck me — not in an active way, as I haven’t been really listening, but in a passive way — was just how awesome the idea of podcasting is. Back in the day, you’d need a radio show to get your show out there, and it would be hobbled by broadcast standards, practices, sponsors, and program directors. You’d have to interrupt yourself every few minutes for music, or news and weather breaks. In podcasting, you can drill down and really explore a topic, or, like Smodcast or Nerdist, just ramble and come up with something insanely funny.
Question for the day — do you think mainstream media will ever latch on to the format? Will they just start hiring talented people and letting them roll? Or is the temptation to get a lot of hands in everything too much, and mainstream podcasts (because some exist, and I think more are definitely coming) are going to be as bland, processed, and safe as mainstream radio?