Now that I’ve done three call-in shows on BlogTalkRadio, I’ve been reflecting on the differences between working in video versus audio. As a result, I’m wondering whether I should switch my Sunday Webcast to a purely audio stream — perhaps to BlogTalkRadio or perhaps to some other service.
I’m not sure that the video on my Sunday Webcast adds much value, and I do pay for the use of that. Also, I’ve found that I can speak extemporaneously better if I only have to focus on what I’m saying rather than what I’m doing. That’s been a bit of a surprise to me.
However, I wonder if I’m under-valuing the video for my audience. Also, I’m concerned about the quality of the audio stream offered by BlogTalkRadio. (I record the posted podcasts locally, so you can only judge if you’ve listened to the live show.) I might be able to offer a better live audio stream — perhaps while still using the BlogTalkRadio platform. I might offer that better audio stream only to “premium” subscribers, meaning people who contribute, say, $10 or more each month. Everyone else would have to endure BlogTalkTadio.
However, before I make a decision, I’d like to hear from you. So here’s a quick poll.
Please feel free to post any further thoughts in the comments. I’d like to hear from you!
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In clinical medicine, too often patients will succumb to otherwise-survivable diseases because they lack sufficient will or desire to live.
The same is true of civilizations. If a civilization lacks the equivalent of a healthy “self-esteem” and instead internalizes the cultural equivalent of “self-contempt”, then it may not really think it deserves to survive when challenged. Whether 21st-century America falls in that category remains to be seen…
For the past few months, I’ve been working on the rebranding of the Rationally Selfish Webcast. Due to other commitments, the work has been slow, but I’ve made some good progress in the programming of the new web site. The goal is to roll it out at the end of October, which will be the one-year anniversary of the webcast.
However, I’m re-thinking a choice that I made fairly early, namely the choice of the name. I don’t want to continue using “Rationally Selfish,” because too few people are familiar with the Objectivist understanding of “selfish” and because that’s too narrowly focused on ethics. I’d originally chosen “Philosophy in Action,” and while that’s not offensive, it’s also B-O-R-I-N-G. Since I’m already unhappy with it, I’d better change it now, before the launch!
Here’s my basic thinking on the matter:
The name should not be aimed at Objectivists. Objectivism is my philosophic framework, of course, but I’ll be working hard to attract a substantially non-Objectivist audience after the re-branding. So the name needs to be comprehensible and compelling to those people.
The name should refer to or suggest my core focus and expertise, namely philosophy. However, the name should not suggest academic philosophy, e.g. by using technical terms from Aristotle. If anything, the name should suggest a concern for the workings of philosophy in daily life.
The name should convey the sense of lively enthusiasm that I bring to the webcast. (Right now, I’m thinking that’s hugely important.)
The name must be available as a .com domain name.
A while back, I registered the domains “SaucyPhilosopher.com” and “TheSaucyPhilosopher.com,” on a lark, thinking that I might use them. I still like that name, including its suggestion that I’m not humble or reverent toward authority — because I’m not respectful of our culture’s traditions of mysticism, altruism, and statism! However, Paul is lukewarm on the name, because “saucy” does have some negative connotations. Hence, you can help me out by taking this poll:
Here are the definitions that my dictionary gives:
impudent; flippant : a saucy remark.
bold and lively; smart-looking : a hat with a saucy brim.
sexually suggestive, typically in a way intended to be lighthearted : saucy songs.
Obviously, I’m looking to evoke the second, but I’m fine with a suggestion of the first. And hey, I talk about sex too!
If “saucy” won’t do, some other adjective might. Here are some possible alternatives along the same lines, plus some others. I like some of these names better than others, but again, I’m interested in your view. (You can vote for more than one.)
If you have any other suggestions — or thoughts — please post them in the comments.