Re: [podcasters] 2007 Podcast Awards Start July 1st
- On 6/19/07, Paul Puri <paulpuri@...> wrote:
>Well, I probably wouldn't, since I don't put a lot of stock into
> Just curious Steve,
> How would you do it? Or what would your suggestions be on making it less of
> a podsturbation fest?
awards in the first place, but since you asked:
At the very least, voters should only need to vote once. I know that
reduces ad impressions, but asking listeners to go back to the same
site every day for two weeks is too onerous. There's nothing in it
for the listener, and the awards are too likely to go to the podcasts
with the biggest audience who campaign most obnoxiously.
All awards are either popularity contests or political, but if awards
are going to happen, I'm a bigger fan of awards where the voting
population is limited in some way. The Podcast Peer Awards is a fine
idea, although I think it's implemented in a somewhat clumsy way and
the community's a bit too inwardly focused. The Parsec Awards (for
science fiction podcasts) is even better: nominations are public, but
the winners are chosen by a jury of professionals in SF and sound that
aren't involved with the podcast community.
All this is not to denigrate Todd for his efforts. I know he believes
strongly in what he's doing here, and his personal benefit is likely
slim to moderate compared to the amount of work going into this. Last
year I actually put some effort into slamming the awards with a
'protest' promo; that was naïve and immature. I won't be doing
anything like that this year. I just don't think the awards are
structured to select the best podcasts.
Steve Eley (sfeley@...)
ESCAPE POD - The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine