Clearing the air

Clearing the air

Summary: For some time now I've been participating in a group of public broadcasters known as the Public Service Publisher initiative. I've been the token representative of the podcasting world, never having actually produced a public radio or television show except for a brief period at KPFK in 1971.

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For some time now I've been participating in a group of public broadcasters known as the Public Service Publisher initiative. I've been the token representative of the podcasting world, never having actually produced a public radio or television show except for a brief period at KPFK in 1971. I've been the messenger of tough love to this and the expanding group of public broadcasters who are grappling with the podcasting wave.

In return for the privilege of working with some very smart and prescient people--Dennis Haarsager, Stephen Hill, Tim Olsen, Mike Homer, and others--I've had to take certain issues and ideas behind a firewall. I do this all the time in the technology business, what with NDA agreements, beer-stained confessions, and embargoes. Today I received an email from one of the group that prompted and confirmed my decision to resign from this group. I've asked the author to either send the email to the full group, put it publicly on the record via a blog or Web site, or give me permission to do so.

I hope my friend (for I value you/him as such) will do one or all of those things, so that we can engage openly and transparently in a discussion, food fight, or whatever. There is no longer anything I can say privately inside the PSP that will be as useful as what I can say in the clear, and no time like the present to do so.

 

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  • Thanks, Steve

    Last Saturday, I was on the Carnival Triumph going under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York on my way to Halifax when Steve sent a link to this posting. I was able to use the last little dribble of GSM bits to read it on my BlackBerry?s browser before going off the grid. Since Steve chose a public way to resign from the Public Service Publisher group, I?ll use this same forum to thank him for his invaluable help to this initiative over the last four Internet years (that is, since the end of January). Earlier discussions about resignation came to me privately and I was able to temporarily convince him to stay, but I must presume that doing this in public means he doesn?t want that to happen this time.

    Steve?s initial contact with us came when he volunteered to help out with a couple of sessions of this at the Integrated Media Ass?n meeting in San Francisco. More importantly, he successfully evangelized our group about attention, the juggernaut of RSS, and the urgency of getting on with real digital distribution work instead of following public broadcasting?s tendency to endlessly confer. He was very helpful in shaping our partnership with the Open Media Network.

    Yes, it was a bit of a high maintenance relationship, but worth it. Steve, I hope there will be another opportunity to work with you some time in the future but for now we?ll move on.

    Regards,
    Dennis Haarsager
    http://www.pspblog.org/
    http://www.technology360.com/
    haarsager