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Podwrecked is about exploring the ebb and flow of the podcast industry. Join your hosts Tim Brien (@kdoi_podcasting) and Kyle Bondo (@merchantsofdirt) as they navigate the uncharted dangers of podcast news and guide you through the wasteland of podcast failure to safer harbors. What you learn could save your podcast!

Dec 7, 2018

Ep.5 - Do You Have the Right to Be Heard?

Tim and Kyle talk about the light and fluffy topic of free speech rights, banning content, and shutting down extremists, and deplatforming.

Episode at a Glance:

  • You have a right to free speech, but you don't have a right to be heard

What did we learn?

  • Podcasting is one of the last mediums for truly free speech
  • Hate speech is hard to define
  • When you start deplatforming content based on what you find disagreeable, where does it stop? And who decides what is disagreeable?
  • If your hosting podcasts you need to be upfront about your Terms of Service.
  • To keep it fair, if you start banning content on the so-called "Alt-Right", then you have to start banning content on the so-called "Alt-Left" too. But who decides? No one knows.
  • The solution to hate speech in podcasting is MORE SPEECH, not less
  • Nobody is listening to these garbage podcasts anyway, so don't keep giving them more attention.

Additional Reading:

Trend Forecaster:


  • We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech -- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth. -- Barack Obama
  • There is nothing I can say in this podcast [...] that would infringe upon someone else's freedom [...]. -- Sam Harris
  • Countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech. -- Hillary Clinton
  • There's no fine line between "free speech" and "hate speech": Free speech is hate speech; it's for the speech you hate – and for all your speech that the other guy hates. If you don't have free speech, then you can't have an honest discussion. -- Mark Steyn

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