Snapcast on Scoble

Snapcast is a name invented by Jake for a short, quick podcast. I was on Skype this morning and hooked up with Tony Goodson in Australia and Rob Paterson in Canada. Alan Singer (also in Oz) jumped in as our sound engineer. We wanted to discuss Robert Scoble’s recent challenge to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer over the company’s attitude to some anti-discrimination legislation.

We kick around what we think about the way this debate is being played out in public and reflect on what it might mean. Rob and I think it may represent a step change in corporate blogging, whilst Tony is more sceptical and thinks shareholder interests may stifle the debate – and thinks the mainstream media may strongly shape how it plays.

Here’s the cast, a 12m31s MP3.

(By the way, it’s pretty cool that a few guys with computers can create a discussion like this across three continents at the drop of a hat)

Related links

Scoble’s orginal post

Adam Barr (another Microsoft blogger) comments

Vic Gundotra – Scoble’s boss – joins in

Tony Goodson adds some more thoughts after the ‘cast.

More links from The Newest Industry

3 thoughts on “Snapcast on Scoble

  1. orcmid

    Wow. I didn’t expect to be back so soon. The snapcast is outstanding, and wonderfully beyond the home video quality of some reeaaaallllyyy long ones.  I should post as crisply.

    Here in Seattle, this is pretty close to home and I too wonder how much the mainstream media will bend this in their peculiar way.

    It is powerful that the debate (I guess it really is a debate in the finest sense) is happening on the weekend here.

    The legislative issue in Washington State was resolved on Friday.  The addition of “sexual orientation and gender identification …” to the state’s anti-discrimination laws failed by one vote in the state senate: 24 to 25. I suspect that is the closest it’s been in the 15 years of it’s being introduced.

    I was touched, listening to you blokes. Something unimaginable is happening in the public conversation: the public is having it, without mediation.  And it can become a global conversation in a matter of minutes.  That’s a wondrous thing.

    We’ll also be witness to what the media does with a conversation we’re part of in this exciting way.  (There’s nothing like sitting on a jury and then reading what the press says about it afterwards to reveal how human, and sometimes careless, all of our institutions are.)

    I’m particularly moved by “Maybe it isn’t about we’re for this or against this, we’re for the discussion.”

    Now I have to dry my eyes and get into my day.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

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  2. Thom Lawrence

    Tony, Johnny and the Surgical Podcast

    Exactly what I was talking about. I also love the phrase ‘snapcast’. It captures exactly the kind of A-Team style pincer movement of a conversation we should be asking for from blogs and podcasts.

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  3. davidcoe...

    Hi Johnnie – sound quality much better on this “snapcast” (good phrase)- but I think it’s the conversation that makes this great – smart dialogue etc…

    Have I got this totally wrong (and I do position myself as a Daoist muppet on my blog!) but surely the whole eastern sage point was that it’s REALLY unfortunate to live during “interesting times”!!

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