I finished listening to the epic four volume version of a recent Gillmor podcast (a.k.a. The Gang) while going about some mind numbing chores this past weekend and it finally came to me what Steve is doing: he is reinventing podcasting.
One of the problems with the current state of podcasting as a medium is defining exactly what it is. We’ve already had the debate about whether podcasting is a delivery method or medium but most of the widely subscribed to “podcasts” are actually repackaged radio shows. Or indie radio shows (I’m guilty as charged). 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.
So just like Jean-Luc Godard challenged the conventions of film making, Steve Gillmor is doing the same thing right now with podcasting. It makes the pain of managing 4 or 5 mp3’s per show somewhat less painful; check it out for yourself.