Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No Agenda with John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry

I had heard stuff last year about Adam Curry doing podcasting. in that same conversation I heard he was actually a pioneer in podcasting. They dubbed him the podfather or father of podcasting. I had my doubts about his stuff without having listened to it, due to him having been a VJ and seeming a little "weird" or at least out of my paradigm. This year he made some appearances on the podcasts I listen to and he was better than I thought, but still a little "weird".

The other day I heard that he was doing a podcast on his podcast network with John C. Dvorak. I generally like John's stuff so I figured I would give it a shot. Plus if cranky John can tolerate Adam and have a discussion podcast with him then I'll give it a listen.

I have only listened to two of their podcast episodes for No Agenda. I was only half listening at work and was being distracted by the large amount of profanity being used by Adam and even the occasional drop from John, but the discussion seemed fairly balanced. I couldn't tell what side Adam came down on a topic they seemed to just talk about it and what other people's position was on it.

Back to the profanity thing. It took away some from the intelligence of the conversation. Now I will admit upfront that I believe in a more reverent way of speaking, even though I don't always keep my speech as reverent as I should. But for the sake of this discussion let's say they are just words like any other words. Adam drops the F bomb in almost every sentence. Just like the overuse of any word when one is speaking it is distracting to say the least. It took away from what he was saying.

Another point on the profanity use is that podcasts have a smaller audience anyway. Why alienate anyone who might listen that doesn't want to hear that stuff or who has develops a bias to the speaker when profanity is used. I myself am probably going to try one or two more of this podcast, but will probably give up on it after that.

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