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Glad I’m Not the Only One (Underutilizing Podcasts)

Fresh research shows that most people who click on podcast links, including presumably our own audiobook podcasts, don’t actually listen to the darn things.

Certainly, they don’t listen to podcasts on their portable players. Maybe people click on podcast links because they think they’re supposed to?

They are, after all, very cool. I love saying it. Podcast. Podcast. Podcast podcast podcast.

I’m happy to admit that I don’t listen to podcasts. I have an iPod, I know what a podcast is, and I know where to get them.

I did download a video podcast a while ago of Ask a Ninja, which I thought was hilarious, but then I never downloaded another one.

Not least of why because I don’t trust my iTunes software to manage my music library, so I turned off the whole update automatically thing. I haven’t noticed my life deteriorating, not even relative to my podcast-saying-but-not-doing friends.

I’m just glad I’m not the only one clicking on podcast links because I think they’re cool. Wait, here comes a co-staffer, I have to find some podcast links and click on them.


Most People are Stupid

I often wonder whether people are basically good, or basically evil. It would appear that it’s more interesting to think about whether they’re basically intelligent, or basically stupid.

Scott Adams’ (author of the Dilbert audiobooks) writes a blog about mob rule and the definition of ‘right’ being determined by the majority, defined as 67%-ish of the public.

If you assume people are basically stupid and we elect politicians to protect us from ourselves, then Adams is probably wrong, and you watch too much television.

If you think politicians decide policy independently of what is considered ‘right’ by the 2/3 majority, then Adams is probably wrong, and you don’t watch enough television (C-span).

But if you think that in general, government policy follows the popular opinion of what is right (2/3 because we have to filter out hypocrites)… then Adams is right.

And Adams IS right. People are basically intelligent. Especially people who “read” audiobooks, even if they call it listening. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.