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3 December 2007 @ 9pm

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The Gillmor Group is a Podcasting Revolution?

(via Doc Searls) Tim Elliot has some interesting thoughts about the Gillmor Group which go somewhat against the standard wisdom (= Steve just doesn’t like to edit the show, so he doesn’t):

Very few podcasts these days are actually challenging the status quo to forge a new way of sharing ideas. Pioneers like Dave Slusher is one of the few trying something different and now I think Steve Gillmor is doing the same thing.

What I found most interesting in the November 16, 2007 show was the opening segment when Steve let some of his panel wait for the show to begin. For longtime Gillmor Gang listeners this is not new but Steve let this go on for the longest time possible. The effect was to strip down the participants to just a couple guys talking about banal subjects like everyone does.

I think Tim has a point, but I don’t think Steve is so much reinventing podcasting, as bringing it back to its basics.

Three years ago, the Gillmor Gang sounded pretty much the same as today. Actually, most podcasts sounded about just as good as the Gillmor Gang. The first year of podcasting was the year of the amateurs. The difference between Steve and the slick suits at Podshow is that Steve understood that that was exactly the charm of podcasting at the time and still can be a formula for success today.

Podcasting, at its best, is raw, unmediated. The Gillmor Gang gives us the illusion that we are part of the discussion – a discussion we wished we could have with our friends, if only our friends were actually interested in discussing Facebook and the death of Office

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