Friday is podcast roundup day!

Well, it sure as hell beats "Prince Spaghetti Day".

The podcasting community was all scandals and bickering this week as the Creeping Finger Of Commercial Doom infected one of the most popular and beloved populist audio shows. Dawn and Drew ("Love at first fisting") took on a sponsor this week, much to the chagrin of the huddle masses. While indignant listeners have vowed never to listen again, other 'casters are mostly making fun of the whole thing. Overreaction seems to be the order of the day, however, as some overly-earnest types are calling a freaking conference to either (a) discuss the ramifications or (b) burn D & D in effigy.

I mean, come on. It isn't like they have 60 seconds of "radio guy shilling" every 10 minutes ... they read a few lines from the sponsor's web site. Period. And really, it is their choice. If people don't like it, then they don't have to listen. But getting all high and mighty and trying to somehow "forbid" podcasters from trying to cover their expenses is the same sort of repressive mindset that currently keeps average joes off of the traditional airwaves. Pot, meet kettle.

In a totally unrelated item, Paris Hilton's podcast is quite possibly the worst piece of vapid dreck ever. And yes, I am including Full House in "ever". The only saving grace in the entire horrible pile of vomit is that you don't have to listen to it. Stay away. Stay far away. And no, I will not provide a link. I don't wish to be sued by the grieving relatives of people whose brains were turned to porridge by the horror of it all.

Posted: Fri - May 6, 2005 at 02:21 PM