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The host goes off the rails a bitThere are a few things that I get really wound up about, one of them is free speech. As I was playing catch up on my podcasts about podcasting the shows are starting to mention Podcast Movement. Not only are they talking about Podcast Movement 2015, they are complaining about one of the new speakers added to the lineup. Many are even talking about not going to the conference because of this speaker. Who is this speaker? It is Glenn Beck, Yeah he has a tendency to irritate certain people.

Yet, Glenn Beck is one thing he talks about what he is passionate about. You can either agree or disagree but he does incite a response. But I am having why people who use free speech each week wants to stifle one persons right, and this is what I am seeing and hearing with each person’s comment about how they are not going to go to the conference at all. Why throw out the baby with the bathwater? Why not show some of that tolerance you expect of other people. Free speech is a two way street. Why not listen to what Glenn Beck has to say you might be surprised that you are agreeing with him. Of course that could be why you are scared to listen to what Glenn Beck has to say because you might start questioning why you don’t like him in the first place.

Free speech is important to all of us in the podcasting world, and Glenn Beck is a leader of the new media field. You might see that he has some interesting in sights in the industry.


3 Responses to Going Off the Rails – EP 39

  • Hi Bryan – I just discovered your site and podcast, and it didn’t take long to discover that it’s definitely worth subscribing to! As a fledgling podcaster, I have been looking for a good show about podcasting, and you provide some excellent content in that arena!

    On the subject of net neutrality, I must say that I have some mixed feelings. The way I see it, the internet was headed for regulation sooner or later. The only question was who was going to regulate it – the government or the corporations? I don’t make a distinction between the two, as I believe they ultimately work in tandem (really, the government IS a corporation in and of itself). Granted, in a perfect world, nobody would be able to regulate internet content. The dilemma, as I see it, is that there are powerful interests both inside and outside the Beltway that want control over what we can and cannot access, and who want to “up the ante” by requiring us to pay more for what’s out there. If we have net neutrality, the government decides who gets what and for how much. If we don’t have net neutrality, the big cable monopolies make that call. The sad part is that we, as consumers and content providers, were never presented with a third option in which neither entity gets too much control.

    What would be a viable third option and how would it be implemented? I don’t have the ultimate answer, but I do think it’s a question worth raising and discussing. Unfortunately, the net neutrality debate only presents us with the age-old “lesser of two evils” option. The internet revolution was an explosion of technology and freedom, and it has taken both government and industry the better part of the last 20 years to figure out how to understand and profit from it while we as citizens struggle to retain our creative liberty and access to content. However, I think it was foregone conclusion that major interests, governmental and corporate, would finally catch up, and that’s the conundrum that we’re faced with today. The $64,000 Question is, how do WE retain control of our plots of internet landscape and our access to the content WE want to access without being nickel-and-dimed by special interests?

    Like I said, I don’t have the answer. I just think we need to have the discussion while we still can.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Thank you for the great words and I would have to agree with what you say in that the Government is working as a very inefficient business. The Cable monopolies are because of the government regulations you basically have to pay to play. Yet right now HBO and other “Channels” are spitting away from cable companies and are showing that we do not need them as much as they want. But that is me just spouting not providing much value. while what you say is some great insight and I can dig it.

      • Bryan, I think you add a great deal of value to the discussion, as do we all. We all have something worthwhile to contribute. And you are right in that content providers are discovering that they can earn money by bypassing the cable monopolies and going direct to the consumers. What an irony it is that HBO is owned by Time-Warner, one of the country’s biggest cable monopolies. It has taken a while, but even THEY are starting to clue the bus and see where the technological revolution is heading. With Netflix eating away at their market share, they had to get on board. And isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work in a free marketplace? Instead of relying on government regulation to squash the competition, they’re finally realizing that the only way to win (and provide consumers with a better quality product) is to compete openly in the free market. Wow, what a concept! 😛

        As far as Glenn Beck goes, I can’t say I agree with all of his political views, but if he’s speaking at a podcasting conference, he’s obviously not there to discuss politics, so I don’t see why people would get all upset about that. Our political views, whatever they may be, are just one facet of who we are. I don’t even discuss politics on my blog & podcast because 1) it’s not relevant to what I’m doing and 2) it’s a hot-button issue with a lot of people, and I just don’t want to go there. The way I see it, there are tons of political sites out there if that’s what one is looking for. That’s the beauty of this thing we call the internet.

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