Newsflash: Podcasts Include Explicit Content

Wow. The Wall Street Journal wakes up and realizes that podcasts include profanity and adult content. This is where Apple’s little ploy falls apart: they co-opted the indie spirit of podcasting and walk on the backs of indie podcasters to then promote mainstream/corporate media but they can’t moderate thousands of podcasts that may or may not contain explicit content. You can’t be rebellious as part of your brand and then not follow-through.

Last month, Apple Computer Inc.’s online music store launched a directory of podcasts — audio shows that can be downloaded free from the Internet and usually feature amateurs discussing mainstream topics like cars, sports and independent music. At the same time, it also opened its doors to a racier genre of audio files that some are calling “porncasts.”

This article has everything but the obligatory: What about the children!?

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