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Gillmor Gang: Back Then Now

Still determining what this text is, I’m torn between aggregation and writing. The inputs fluctuate from weblog posts, Twitter threads, and the occasional video. Podcasting appears oddly muzzled by the acceleration of streaming. Blog posts are a misnomer; skilled blogs characterize the majority of stories and media citations, not often the only voices of RSS yore.

Linear media is bifurcated between fast takes like The Recount and consumer tweets of streaming cable information. Podcasting meets longer kind streaming with reside casting on Facebook Live, Twitter (previously Periscope), YouTube, and nascent LinkedIn reside. As I found throughout a Restreamed recording session of the Gang, the Facebook Live model consists of realtime captioning.

On this model of the present, recorded 4 days earlier than the Inauguration of the Biden presidency, a well-known temper radiates from the Zoomcast. Anxiety, tinged with doubt that we’ll escape the grip of the pandemic any time quickly, or the blight of Trump-o-nomics in any respect. Now, as I submit this, there’s an affordable likelihood of a renewal of rationality and respect. Then, it was a leap ball at finest.

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When we document the present, I depart both CNN or MSNBC on the monitor behind me. Given that we configure Zoom in Gallery Mode for probably the most half, that ups the possibility that one among us will discover if some breaking information (haha) seems. It’s largely for the sense of being plugged in with out being overwhelmed by the repetitive evaluation that oh, sure we’re in serious trouble. Controlled anxiousness beats plain outdated anxiousness more often than not. Nonetheless, I nonetheless get complaints from viewers to show it off.

I just like the delay of the realtime model to accommodate submit manufacturing sweetening with music and decrease third titles. The interval provides me an opportunity to give you a theme for this submit to accompany the combined present, and it permits for a few of the buzzy points to recede in favor of extra sticky foreshadowing of the following present. Around this time, we often give you a title for the present. You could not discover this all that fascinating, nevertheless it helps me endure my pathetic contributions to the present.

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On this session, Frank Radice is heard quoting traces from Firesign Theatre data. In the early days, we used to sit down round faculty dorms and what we thought handed for hippie crash pads, reciting these Firesign catch phrases. In barely earlier instances, we did this with Bill Cosby data, in later years Monty Python routines. Michael Markman had posted to the Gang Telegram feed a Wisconsin Public Radio dialog with the 2 surviving TFTers Phil Proctor and David Ossman.

Back then, the comedy group had launched I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus, that includes a futuristic journey on a Firesign replace of the Disneyland animatronic Presidents attraction. Now, Michael questioned whether or not Disney would add Trump to the journey when it reopens. It’s a superb query. What, whether or not Disneyland will reopen?

So, newsletters. It appears potential the shape is subsuming most of the items of running a blog, podcasting, streaming, and social networking into a brand new assemble. Where blogs as soon as represented a ticket to parity with the mainstream of journalism, now journalists are buying parity with particular person voices. Cable information not solely looks like podcasting with its oversupply of speaking head roundtables, however every anchor has a separate podcast besides. Just because the document enterprise ate the flicks enterprise with Saturday Night Fever, so too are the cable networks consuming the published networks as they’re in flip eaten by the streamers.

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And simply as the previous president was deplatformed by the social networks, reside streamers are replatformed on this newslettered channel-in-your-pocket. Commentary, notification-based two-way suggestions, realtime analytics, first social gathering knowledge relationships with creators and subscribers. More creation, much less curation.

from the Gillmor Gang Newsletter


The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary and Steve Gillmor. Recorded reside Friday, January 16, 2021.

Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor

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