Re-New Disruptors: Reboot the Podcast


The internet’s own Glenn Fleishman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back The New Disruptors, his classic podcast about creators and audiences in the New Media era — and the media were much newer between 2012 and 2014. I really hope you’ll consider backing it.

Glenn’s show changed my life. It gave me the encouragement I needed to leave the cozy, poisonous bosom of the ad-supported media company death cult and try to do my own creative things.

Here are the episodes (amongst the 93) that most blew my mind:

6: What's the Frequency, Andrea? with Andrea Seabrook: A NPR reporter leaves the network to start her own podcast on politics free of the requirements of false equivalencies.

10: Go Home at 5 O’Clock with Jason Fried: The head of 37signals believes in hard work that ends at the conclusion of the work day.

14: No Kind of Work for a Grown Man with John Gruber: Daring Fireball has improbably become the life's work of a former programmer who had things to say about Apple, design, and Stanley Kubrick.

20: So Successful He Fired Himself with Marco Arment (Part 1): First part of interview with Tumblr's first employee, founder of Instapaper, and The Magazine creator.

23: Give Me Something to Read with Marco Arment (Part 2): Second part of interview with Tumblr's first employee, founder of Instapaper, and The Magazine creator.

39: Pompla Up the Volume with Jack Conte: An independent musician (part of Pomplamoose and with his own solo career), and creator of the subscription-based crowdfunding site Patreon.

65: Made from Scratch with Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin: Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin founded Scratch Magazine, a born-digital publication that tells writers what they're worth and how the publishing industry sausage-making factory actually works.

Immersed in the supportive indie media world celebrated by Glenn’s podcast, I launched a web publication and a music podcast because I thought those were the right business moves, and they weren’t — not exactly. But thanks to building the Portal properties, I launched Ablaze Interactions, which sustained me for three years as a completely independent web worker, got me the job at Burning Man Project making their web publications, and, well, here I am.

But I wouldn’t say that was the most important thing The New Disruptors and people like its guests inspired me to do. I made a record on my own and put it on the internet because this indie web world showed me that finding your people by being yourself is the only kind of cultural work that really lasts. It was in the mix of that creative explosion in October 2013 that Glenn had me on the show, after he read my blog post, “Love Can Save the Media.” That was the month I was at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco making Portal. While I was on my lunch break on my first day ever, in my life, recording lead vocals on my own songs, I got an email from someone affiliated with Parallax Press. He had heard me on The New Disruptors and was wondering if I’d be interested in writing a book for them. Now that book exists, and it led directly to Internet Friends, a podcast that is also one of my favorite things I’ve ever made.

So yeah, I owe Glenn Fleishman’s The New Disruptors a lot. But that’s not why I’m asking you to support its rebirth. I’m asking because I want to live in the world of independent, supportive, creative people that the story of The New Disruptors describes. If you’re reading this blog post, hosted on my own blog outside of any walled garden or corporate media silo, that means that world is already almost here.