Walter van Holst
The thing with making any podcast that involves recorded conversations is that people have to be at the same time and place. The same things that the internet was supposed to make irrelevant in the first place. Well, other than providing cat pictures and porn. So here is an half-baked idea:
Instead of splurging on a fancy sound recorder, or in the case of larger groups, a full-blown radio studio setup, let’s use our mobiles to share short voice messages. Sort of an unholy cross-breeding of IRC and voicemail.
This also allows for a bunch of things, potentially, at least: - No speaker ever gets to interrupt another one; - Potentially a more even distribution of speaking time; - Each contribution can get a pretty hard time limit, say, 90 seconds; - If the conversation takes a turn for the worse, the editor can simply prune that particular branch; - Collaborative editing in the sense of curating the best responses to a particular sound fragment together; - Moderation by the group itself.
So for the actual execution, one would need to create messaging group, for example using Signal, and have a bunch of topics read. One thing however: since this will involve sharing mobile phone numbers with all participants in the conversation, it better be made clear upfront to everyone that this is the case.
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