Wednesday, December 28, 2005

One Man Boycotts Broadcasting, But Not Podcasting

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Southern California man is organizing a one-man tune out by trading broadcasting for podcasting.

Dan Safkow says starting Sunday (Dec. 31), he’s giving up all forms of home entertainment, i.e. TV, radio, DVD and CDs, and only listening to podcasts for one year as part of a media protest and part of a lifestyle experiment. To remove temptation, he’s donating his TV and DVD player and radios to Goodwill.

Safkow says he’s been disenchanted with the quality of programming for a long time and even left an open letter to entertainment moguls Rupert Murdoch from News Corp and Robert Igar of Disney on his website hoping to shake up the industry.

Safkow doesn’t figure he’ll get bored with podcasts. In his words, “Entertainment for me is seeking them out.”

Safkow won’t exactly be going cold turkey. He says he hasn’t watched TV for a long time and he’s been slowly phasing out from media anyway.

And he doesn’t expect to get bored with podcasts, because as he puts it, “There’s far more programming than I can listen to.”

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