I was doin research this morning for my Stupid Celebrity Crap segment and ran across a story that pissed me off so much that I lost my cool. The story is that Ricky Gervais has topped the podcast charts in both the U.S. and here in Britain.
I knew exactly what they meant and I went to iTunes and there it was at #1. Itunes does not represent the “charts” in podcasting, actually, it has barely even been relevant lately. Even Curry, who meets with the Apple guys when he is in the U.S. says he is perplexed by itunes ratings and their waning interest in the indies.
I can’t stand it when these show business hacks come in and capitalize on our work. “WE” are the podcasters, not them. Gervais is good at what he does, which is “pathetic guy” comedy. I say leave the podcasting to the real podcasters! We built this up as an alternative to the mainstream crap. All that I can think is that they are finally scared and want a piece of the action.
Well, on my show #102, I throw down the gauntlet. I challenge Gervais to a no holds barred fight, loser leaves podcasting forever. I have had enough! I even offer to let him use a stick or a bat to even things up.
Spread the word everyone, we need to take back what is ours!
OK, rant over, I needed to vent. Back to completely rational and nice Eban
OK, I just went to the guardian unlimited site and there is no way to leave comments on the shows. I will get this out, oh yes. I think I need some calming medication.