I'm from East Michigan and for all its concrete and sorrow, East Michigan was home to many great musicians. Of the many great East Michigan acts (MC5, The Stooges, White Stripes, Kid Rock, Bob Seger (?)) the greatest of all is The Nuge
. Now musically, I have never really gotten into Ted
, but at some point a couple years ago I was home visiting family in Imlay City
, and the radio station in the truck I was sitting in was playing the Ted Nugent song, Fred Bear
. Then they had a Station ID and I think the call leters were WWBR and they referred to the station as "The Bear". The other person in the truck explained to me that Ted Nugent had a morning radio show on a local FM station and the station decided to fire him. Instead, he bought the station, fired the managers, tweaked the format to be more Nugelike, and started recording his morning show out of his house. I thought this was the greatest thing I ever heard (though it might be apocraphyl, I don't care), and it instantly elevated my opinion of the man to a Godlike Status.
A couple weeks ago, I started listening to Adam Curry's "Source Code
." an audioblog billed as the place where "developers and users party together." It's great, absolutely great, if
you're into a bunch of guys talking about PodCasting, and what people said about them that day, and what facts were misconstrued, and what ideas they'd like to see implemented. Of course for me that is exactly
what I want to hear someone talk about for an hour. I guess I have specialized tastes. Anyway, I'm listening to this stuff regularly now. Tonight I put it on with a record playing underneath and took a bath. It occured to me during my bath that Adam Curry is the NEW Ted Nugent.
What Ted did was amazing, inspiring, brilliant. What Adam did was take that idea to the level of the everyday people. He said, "Why don't I make a radio show from home, using gear I have around the castle, and PodCast my show around the world. (Note: I have no way of knowing if Adam actually said anything to himself at all, at thi point I'm working with pure conjecture.)
To bastardize the ideas of Dave Slusher's Evil Genious Chronicles
, another show with a similar format, we're working with instant feedback systems, where mentioning someone's name in your blog means they may somehow contact you the next day. I know I have posted about interesting projects on the 10speed blog
and had the person behind the project leave me a comment. It's great. I love when that happens as you actually know that you have a readership, even if it's only the one person. I'm convinced now that this Instant Feeddback is what is most revolutionary about these things and the way they affect communication. People feel like they are participating in a dialogue, using text, audio, and images. That's damn cool. So maybe Dave Slusher is a brilliant bastard himself for making this idea clear.
I've been wondering who the first great content producer will be for VideoBlogging
and the DigitalBicycle distribution system
. As of right now I'm betting on Chris Weagle
, whose videoblog entries at Human-Dog
are some of the best noncommercial programming I've ever seen. I really enjoyed the House Lady series (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
) where a women who grew up in his house wants to take photos of it and Chris allows her but he films her doing it and she tells stories about everypart of the house and yard. This is seriously great stuff here. The best part is, Chris lives in Eastern Michigan (Saint Claire Shores) which is culturally just up the block from my hometown, so looking at this stuff reminds me of home. I videochatted with Chris today after the weekly Unmediated show
and he was enthusiastic about getting his pieces cablecast, and after watching them I have
to sponsor this. I'm really impressed with the four pieces I've watched so far. This
is content worth syndicating. This
is what will drive the DigitalBicycle.
Alright off to bed now, I'll have dreams of instant feedback video conversations airing on tv's in every city, but hopefully I won't have the dream with the helicopters again.