Last week I was the recipient of a couple of surly tweets savaging a piece airing on All Things Considered. Decorum restrains me from naming names. The morbidly curious are advised to click here and here.
Oh boy, what a way to begin the New Year.
All Tech Considered is the titular show’s weekly tech segment. The topic of the segment in question: A discussion about web TV and profiles of a couple of online video producers.
I’m inclined to be a little less harsh than our complainant. True, the piece was for folks a little farther behind the Web 2.0 learning curve than the uber-geeks. But guess what? That’s the vast majority of the human race we are talking about. And such is the case with the majority of the public radio listening audience as well.
That said, the tweets in question did inspire pondering how or even if public radio can produce edgier technology coverage, short of developing a show calibrated for an entirely different type of audience. Would a Gillmor Gang even translate over public radio? Sure, I suppose WBUR could produce a weekly tech podcast. But given the established competition, wouldn’t any such effort be a self-indulgent tilting at windmills? What would induce you to subscribe?