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Over seventy-five million Americans listen to podcasts every month, and the average weekly listener spends over six hours tuning into podcasts from the more than thirty million podcast episodes currently available. Yet despite the excitement over podcasting, the sounds of podcasting’s nascent history are vulnerable and they remain mystifyingly difficult to research and preserve. Podcast feeds end abruptly, cease to be maintained, or become housed in proprietary databases, which are difficult to search with any rigor. Podcasts might seem to be highly available everywhere, but it’s necessary to preserve and analyze these resources now, or scholars will find themselves writing, researching, and thinking about a past they can’t fully see or hear.

This collection gathers the expertise of leading and emerging scholars in podcasting and digital audio in order to take stock of podcasting’s recent history and imagine future directions for the format. Essays trace some of the less amplified histories of the format and offer discussions of some of the hurdles podcasting faces nearly twenty years into its existence. Using their experiences building and using the PodcastRE database—one of the largest publicly accessible databases for searching and researching podcasts—the volume editors and contributors reflect on how they, as media historians and cultural researchers, can best preserve podcasting’s booming audio cultures and the countless voices and perspectives podcasting adds to our collective soundscape.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction The Inseparability of Research and Preservation Frameworks for Podcasting History
  2. Eric Hoyt and Jeremy Wade Morris
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  1. Revisiting Podcasting’s Histories
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  1. One. Podcast Archaeology: Researching Proto-Podcasts and Early Born-Digital Audio Formats
  2. Andrew J. Bottomley
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  1. Two. The Perils of Ladycasting: Podcasting, Gender, and Alternative Production Cultures
  2. Jennifer Hyland Wang
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  1. Three. Reality in Sound: Problem Solved?
  2. Michele Hilmes
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  1. Four. “I’m Trying to Be the Rap Oprah”: Combat Jack and the History of the Loud Speakers Network
  2. Sarah Florini and Briana Barner
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  1. Five. Howling into a Megaphone: Archiving the History of Podcast Advertising
  2. JJ Bersch
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  1. Analyzing Podcasting’s Now
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  1. Six. Podcasting the Donald Sterling Scandal: The Prismatic Perspective of the PodcastRE Database
  2. Jacob Mertens
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  1. Seven. Listening to the Aftermath of Crime: True Crime Podcasts
  2. Amanda Keeler
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  1. Eight. A RE-emphasis on Context: Preserving and Analyzing Podcast Metadata
  2. Susan Noh
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  1. Nine. Drifting Voices: Studying Emotion and Pitch in Podcasting with Digital Tools
  2. Jacob Mertens, Eric Hoyt, and Jeremy Wade Morris
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  1. Imagining Podcasting’s Future
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  1. Ten. The Scholarly Podcast: Form and Function in Audio Academia
  2. Mack Hagood
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  1. Eleven. The Feed Is the Thing: How RSS Defined PodcastRE and Why Podcasts May Need to Move On
  2. Samuel Hansen
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  1. Twelve. The Spotification of Podcasting
  2. Jeremy Wade Morris
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  1. Thirteen. Preserve This Podcast: A Podcaster-Led Preservation Strategy
  2. Dana Gerber-Margie, Mary Kidd, Molly Schwartz, and Sarah Nguyễn
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  1. Fourteen. Saving Podcasting’s Contexts: Archive Collecting Strategies and Media Historiography
  2. Eric Hoyt
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  1. Audio Dispatches
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901241
Related ISBN(s)
9780472054473
MARC Record
OCLC
1243162745
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-23
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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