I am not going to “citizen journalize” the breaking story out my window


A window-shot of the
news-story I’m not blogging.

I am not going to “citizen journalize” the breaking story out my window: This is a Nashville story, okay. My office is on the seventh floor of an 11 story office building that looks out over the Fifth-Third Bank on Murphy Road. The bank has just been robbed and according to our building’s security crew, the robber perhaps ran into the parking garage beneath our building. Now, if you are a robber and you rob a federally chartered bank, I’d suggest you not run into the building that (in addition to being home of the rexblog) is also home of the regional headquarters of the FBI. If I weren’t busy doing something else, perhaps I’d wander around the parking garage with my video camera looking for some robber-shots for channel 2.

Podcasting: David vs. Goliath?

Podcasting: David vs. Goliath? I guess the David vs. Goliath set-up makes for an interesting headline for this BusinessWeek story by Heather Green. But that’s not what the story is about. As Heather points out, there is so much more going on in podcasting than merely the “big guys” jumping in. Frankly, their showing up is only legitimizing and popularizing podcasting as “a distribution channel.”

The point is not that Goliaths are adapting the technology and platform at warp speed (we’re still only 10 months into to the “era of podcasting”). The point is that podcasting is an approach and platform that big media can take mainstream, but they cannot monopolize or regulate. They can play in this arena, but they can’t keep anyone out. They can use their mass and money to shout the loudest, but they can’t keep anyone from posting to an RSS feed that supports enclosures.

Perhaps, however, David vs. Goliath is the right metaphor. As a former student of theology (come to think of it, I actually graduated), I remember who won that fight.