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    The New York Times Company | BARI WEISS | 5/25/20 | 12 min
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    • jeff
      Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
      1 month ago

      First off: Good for Joe (and Jamie!). I've been a huge fan for a while but recently have found myself listening to his podcast more than others.

      I find it hilarious that in every article written about Rogan the author has to work in a disclaimer about how much they hate Alex Jones. The guy has been a guest on two episodes out of 1,479. He drinks and gets high and rants about intergalactic psychic vampires. It's pretty fucking funny. I like to think the author's use of "imprimatur" is a bit of a wink to the reader about the mandatory disclaimer. I'd be hard pressed to come up with a more ridiculous word to juxtapose against the tenor of those episodes. It's also a perfect example of why people are eschewing traditional mainstream media in favor of podcasts from individuals like Rogan.

      I loved this quote:

      Reading or watching the news is no longer immersive, as it was when you sat down with a bunch of papers or in front of a living room TV. Now it is a fragmented experience, usually done on a cellphone.

      I don't think we've ever used the word "immersive" to describe Readup, but I like it a lot. We talk about removing ads and distractions, but always try to remind ourselves to frame things in the positive instead of negative; what we add, not what we take away. I like to think we're making the entire experience of reading online more immersive, beyond just making articles nicer to read, by fostering a community around the act of reading itself.

      • bill
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        1 month ago

        Upvote this article. And double upvote this comment.

        • Karenz1 month ago

          Sounds like he was doing fine without Spotify. Why do people need to be crazy rich? Why would he take a chance on being controlled? How can it not change him?

          • jeff
            Top reader this weekReading streakScribe
            1 month ago

            This article was short on the details of the contract, but I found this from another NYT article:

            “They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now,” he said. “It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show.”

            I guess if someone's offering you that much money to basically just keep doing what you're doing it would be hard to say no. Even if you're as wealthy as Joe already is and you don't even need the money you could always just give it away to charities that you care about! I'm optimistic that it won't have a negative impact.

            • Karenz1 month ago

              I hope you’re right, Jeff, but I’m not as optimistic.

      • Wordwaltz1 month ago

        I couldn’t agree more with this. Readup has provided the purest and most positive source of news and information since I’ve joined.

        • deephdave
          Top reader this weekReading streakScout
          1 month ago

          You get captivated by the conversation. One of the things about this medium in general is that it’s really easy to listen to while you do other stuff.”

          Well, that's true but I don't binge-listening to podcasts. I have subscribed many podcasts but listen to only few. Serendipitously, I found Readup while listening to the "Product Hunt Radio" podcast.

    • loundytampa1 month ago

      I like Rogan, I hope nothing changes now that Spotify owns him