Over the weekend I subscribed to and downloaded several new-to-me podcasts.
“Push my Follow” is a new social media podcast by Starman, one of the hosts of “World of Warcast”. I met him and chatted briefly with him at Blizzcon. Though actually his new podcast was “mentioned” to me by Alachia on her most recent podcast. “Push my follow” has five 30-somethings intelligently discussing the direction of new social platforms and their impact on the greater world. It’s interesting and intelligent.. though I’m not certain that I’m their primary audience. I’ll follow it for a while and see where it goes.
Right after listening to “Push my Follow”, another of my new subscriptions started. This one was three (maybe) 20-somethings discussing Wow. Every other word was “gay” or “fag” and they never quite got to the part where they said something vaguely interesting to me. I spent alot of the time annoyed with them (in a very “you damn kids get off my lawn” kind of way) and found it hard to focus on their message. I’ve decided I’m definitely -not- their target audience and I will be unsubscribing as soon as I can get iTunes to load up.
So it’s official.. I’m old and crabby.. and even though I’m playing a “game” I don’t want to listen to the kiddies talk about it. I would prefer to think of it as a math problem cunningly disguised as a video game.. and discuss the social implications of this new social media.. than to think about the fact that I share a virtual community with kiddies.
Luckily here on my blog I get very little contact with the kiddies. I love my commenters.. and only once have I gotten a “ur blog sux. U R gay and shuld stop riting” type comment (which I admit, I did delete since it didn’t add to the value of the content of my blog). I get more of those types of comments on my YouTube postings. I wonder what that says about the state of social media.