Thread: Olbermann don’t sell out!

If you know Keith Olbermann please send him a pointer to this. I’ve tried tweeting to him, but I never get a response. Tell him I’m for real, that I’ve done this myself with great success. (I have!) You can make a lot of money doing Internet broadcasting. And Olbermann, someone we know well, is the perfect guy to do it.

Dear Keith Olbermann,

Last time around the two people I read or listened to most were Frank Rich in his weekly column at the NY Times, and you.

This time around neither of you are out there. Your voice has been missed.

According to New York Magazine and other bits here and there, it seems you’re looking for a job at a broadcast network. I think this would be a serious mistake. You have a popular Twitter feed. And lots of fans. You could very easily start something on the Internet and keep all the profits for yourself, and run your own show, and if you pissed someone off that would be good because it would get more people to watch and/or listen.

A picture named dewey.gifI used to think creating an Internet-distributed radio show was hard, but it’s not. You can do it with an iPod. A video show is a little more work. People don’t care much about production value, esp for someone with as well-known a voice as yours. What we want is something no one else can provide — you! Your insights, your ideas, your angst!

Then, later — once you’ve got a regular thing going on the net, you can get distribution from one of the networks, on your own terms. Don’t stop distributing your stuff on the net, that’s your fallback in case they start excercising control over your content.

I’ll help. No charge! I just want you to do it. Nothing more.

What we, your fans want, is the pure unadulterated Olberman Experience™. We want to know we’re hearing what you really have to say, not what some network executive will let you say. There’s already so much of that. It’s boring. Give us what we crave. Olbermann. Don’t sell out!


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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