Friday, July 28, 2006

Taking the T-Bird away from daddy

Mike Arrington's departure from the Gillmor Gang podcast, something for which I have been asking for a while now, has finally happened. Jason Calacanis has even made some noises about joining Mike over on Mike's own podcast, TalkCrunch, which Gillmor credited me for suggesting. There was so obviously a generational divide on GG that Steve couldn't handle. I wish him well with his "rebooted" whatever: it will no doubt serve a valuable purpose by concentrating all the boring old farts onto one podcast so that they don't seep into others.

Mike seems to me to be a controlling personality, as is Steve, and there's nothing wrong with that. In the right medium, it is a great thing, but it can be counter-productive... in Mike's case, the now-infamous anti-troll rant at Bloggercon IV (ZDNet blow-by-blow) where he complained about aggression by trolls but talked over anyone disagreeing with him. I hope that as host, or facilitator, of more regular TalkCrunch podcasts he can get his point across in an environment where reasoned debate can happen without the baggage of prejudices born from 1980s-era thinking.

Now if only Shelley Powers (ex-BurningBird) would take up my suggestion of a BlogHer podcast, then there'd be some 2.0 podcasts worth listening to.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - Jon Udell is on Gilmore's podcast & he's worth listening to. Of course, Steve normally misses the point of what he is saying and starts ranting about something everyone else thinks is stupid, though...

2:23 pm, July 28, 2006  
Blogger Paul Montgomery said...

Correct me if this is wrong, but I read on another blog that Udell left GG in March, after what was described as "a seeming lack of interest in 'Vendor Sports'".

2:33 pm, July 28, 2006  

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