Choice and responsibility, the podcast edition.
I host a podcast about video games. (We have tshirts.) I love hosting this podcast, but I feel like podcast listeners sometimes forget about the concepts of choice and responsibility.
1) It is our choice to make a podcast. We have no contract, and no one is making us do it. We love doing it.
2) It is our responsibility to make the best podcast we can, every week.
3) It is your choice to listen to the podcast. We thank you and we love you.
4) It is your choice to provide us with “fan feedback”, which can range to “stop hiccuping” to “more tv star guests” to “lose the Pakistani” to “stop criticizing The Hobbit”. Giving us feedback is your choice, not your responsibility.
5) It is our choice (not our responsibility) to take in your feedback. Sometimes we incorporate your feedback, sometimes we don’t. Not using your feedback doesn’t mean we’re above reproach, it means that we are making the podcast we want, not the podcast you demand.
6) It is your choice to create the podcast that is exactly what you demand to hear. We’ll never be that podcast. Neither will anyone else.
7) It is your choice to listen to us or not after we’ve said something that irritates you. It is not our responsibility to make you feel better, or to alter things. Your choice, after you’re irritated, is merely to keep listening or stop listening. Period. We don’t want you to listen to anything that annoys you.
A lot of listeners make it our responsibility to make them feel okay again once we’ve said something that irritates them. Nothing is more angering and scary than realizing the limitations of your control over this world. It still bugs me on a daily basis. But sorry guys, we’ll never take on the responsibility of your listening to our podcast. Once you start taking responsibility for other people’s choices, in podcasting or in life, you create unstable, unhealthy dynamics with those people.
And we want stable, satisfying relationships with our listeners. Because we think you’re all pretty cool. (Except for the ones who yell at us when we have the sniffles or the hiccups.)