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Podcasts from Dave Winer, editor of the Scripting News blog, since 1994.

Scripting News podcast Dave Winer

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Podcasts from Dave Winer, editor of the Scripting News blog, since 1994.

    Jon Stewart, yes you should STFU

    Jon Stewart, yes you should STFU

    The problem is elites grabbing the wheel with no clue about what comes next, and driving us off a cliff.
    Every Tuesday I look for Jon Stewart's opening for the Daily Show on YouTube. It's always funny, great comedy, whether or not you agree with what he says, and I usually do agree. But not when it comes to him pushing President Biden out, without any idea of what comes next, and how the people, even some people who love his show, feel about having no voice.
    If the voters organize, using the tools we have now, and stay organized after the election, we could elect anyone to be president. There's never been a more clear opportunity to win a landslide. It depends on organization, and elites not grabbing the steering wheel with no clue about what comes next, and driving us off a cliff.
    I've been close to elites at times, and I can tell you, they aren't any smarter than you, they just have more power. I think that's been the real problem. We have failed to stay a democracy as we've gotten the tools to really be a democracy in ways we never could have before. And now we're at the last moment before it's all flushed away and the NYT et al (including our hero Stewart) are making it more certain, not less.
    Be warned I get really angry at the end and raise my voice. I don't think I've ever done that in a podcast, and I'm not sure I like it. But the rage is real.
    16 minute podcast.

    The SF newspaper strike of 1994

    The SF newspaper strike of 1994

    In this podcast I tell the story of the move from print to the web in 1994 when the San Francisco newspapers went on strike. I was part of that process, a step in the bootstrap that led to the social web.
    I'm thinking about that process as journalism system is losing its mind, like everything else, and we need to find a way to flow intelligent news to people who need it, so we can start to organize, and we need to do it now.
    The flow are out there, smart people who know stuff and have ideas, but they aren't getting heard amidst the mindlessness of the NYT, CNN, MSNBC et al.
    It's a long story, and it starts off crisp like most of my stories and then rambles out.
    16 minutes.

    It could happen!

    It could happen!

    My blog is also a podcast. I wonder if anyone else does that.
    The title of this episode is "A peneer of legitimacy," but what I really meant is veneer.
    I describe a dream where the owner of the NY Times is, in March 2025, being tried by a military tribunal for not sufficiently helping Trump get re-elected as he was told to do. Sulzberger, in his own defense, points out that they covered Biden's Age, the official new version of Hillary's Emails, while ignoring other possible issues.
    The tribunal returns with its verdict and hilarity ensues as the punishment, secret until revealed, is administered.
    The crowd goes crazy! "Too late! Not enough! Go to hell!"
    The host of the show is Bart Simpson.
    It could happen.
    3 minutes.

    Second podcast of two

    Second podcast of two

    This is the second of two podcasts for a two-podcast Tuesday, today.
    Very likely there will be another tomorrow.
    So much going on! :smile:
    25 minutes.

    A two-podcast Tuesday

    A two-podcast Tuesday

    This is the first of two podcasts for today.
    It started out being one podcast, but I hit the wrong button after 14 minutes and ended up with two audio files instead of one.
    I don't like editing, so you get two for the price of one. :-)
    It's a rambler, starts out with me talking about Elie Mystal on abortion and slavery.
    The second podcast explains how we're in a war, and it's about time we recognized it as such.
    We need the Democrats to do what we elected them to do, save the freaking United States, which by the way after yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court, doesn't really exist any longer. We go into that in the second episode.
    It's not enough to win the election. We have to get the Supreme Court back to a semblance of what it was. They're behaving in a way that's inconsistent with the continued existence of the country they're supposed to be part of the government of.
    But we can have a laugh along the way. The world hasn't completely fallen apart, yet. :smile:
    14 minutes.

    Jeff Jarvis and Dave in conversation

    Jeff Jarvis and Dave in conversation

    I just did an approx 40 minute podcast interview and discussion with Jeff Jarvis. I know Jeff from the early days of blogging. He was one of the best discussion leaders at BloggerCon. And he's an accomplished author and educator.
    We talk about how to organize news for people who are information starved by whatever it is that our news sources are doing, which is really hard to figure out, but in the end (I argue) who cares why, we have a problem to solve, so let's get on with it.
    I talk about the blogging at the Dean campaign in 2004, that's how they got around journalism. I'm sure that's where we have to go, put together what we think would be the Biden blog if the campaign was being run by Joe and Nicco, and I'd be on board, so would Jeff, and we'd help Heather Cox Richardson, and amplify anyone who is making sense and supports democracy.
    It could be funded by the People's PAC, or something like it. It wouldn't take very much money, it's just a blog. But it would have powerful ideas that cut through the bullshit, and great videos, and we'd organize marches where people show up to help people.
    And the campaign would never stop, we'd always be organizing.
    This is the discussion I wanted to start.
    Hope you enjoy! :-)
    PS: Jeff's mike is much better than mine. Gotta work on that.

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