Overcoming the Matthew Effect

March 29, 2016

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath.

The main reason I make Pick of the Podcasts is to help other people (and myself) to find something new to listen to. Most of the best-of lists and recommendations seem to me to feature the same old regulars we know and love. That's not to say that some of them aren't worth listening to. But there is so much more out there.

Obviously, in search of stuff to recommend, I subscribe to other people's recommendations, and very good some of them are. (I'm looking at you, Dana Gerber-Margie.) So when I saw that audiosear.ch had launched a one a day newsletter with a single episode selected from their vast audio archive to recommend, I was all for that.

Alas, it is comprehensively useless.

You can listen to the episode on audiosear.ch's lacklustre streaming, scrolling app, or you can find a link to the episode on iTunes. Terrific. The only upside to listening to the stream is that you get to hoot at the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time transcript.

There's no download link from the audio -- not even from the original site, which would be the right thing to do -- and no easy way to find the original in case, like me, you might want to listen to it some other way.

I think this is the first time I have unsubscribed from a newsletter less than 24 hours after signing up.

The Matthew Effect

By Jeremy