And indeed, “Homeland”, just the term, is worrying. And that’s after they changed that logo. “Because we don’t learn much about European history, the setting up of a
department of “homeland” security – remember who else was keen on the
word “homeland” – didn’t raise the alarm bells it might have.”

Admit it: parallels with fascism in today’s America are strong. It may be hard to notice over a latte in Sanfran, discussing Facebook or something, but come in fresh from the outside, and it’s all there. Not that the US is fascist or totalitarian, but edging in that general direction? Yep. And that’s a big deal.

In Europe, the memory of WW2 is still strong. In the US, I don’t get that feeling. “First they came for the Jews.” Most Americans don’t understand yet
that the destruction of the rule of law at Guantánamo set a dangerous
precedent for them, too.”

What is the next podcast brand?

With Odeo sold to Sonic mountain, the Yahoo podcast ghost town being closed, Podshow financially unviable (I believe so anyway, they raised way too much money and executed poorly), there’s no strong brand in podcasting – except for iTunes. And iTunes doesn’t really care about podcasting. Which means there’s an opportunity there. The podcast format is still brilliant, and there are millions of unserved users out there (it’s still not easy to make or find podcasts).

I was thinking what shape a successful podcast service could take. Creating podcasts still sucks, so that could be part of it. Finding them as well. I’m not sure if you’d need to go in the hardware business – it’s possible.