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The Podcaster's Dilemma. Decolonizing Podcasters in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism. Edition No. 1

  • Book

  • 160 Pages
  • February 2022
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 5840121

A fascinating exploration of modern podcasting as a tool for decolonization

In The Podcaster's Dilemma: Decolonizing Podcasters in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism, Drs. Nolan Higdon and Nicholas Baham III connect contemporary podcasting to the broader history of the use of radio technology in the service of anti-colonial struggle and revolution. By organizing the book’s analysis of decolonization through podcasting via three distinct activities - interrogation and critique, counter-narrative, and call to action - the authors create a lens through which they analyze and evaluate the decolonizing potential of new podcasts.

The book also critiques the threat to the decolonizing efforts of some modern podcasts by the growing phenomena of surveillance capitalism and the emerging podcast oligopoly. The Podcaster's Dilemma reveals both potential and challenges in the podcasting space as podcasters struggle to put forward insightful new narratives funded by anti-capitalist models.

This important book also includes:

  • A thorough introduction to the podcasters profiled in the book and an examination of how they’re using podcasts to decolonize themselves from colonial mentalities
  • Practical discussions of how the profiled podcasters interrogate and critique the veracity of neoliberal, racist, imperialist, patriarchal, heterosexist, classist, and ableist white-centered ideologies
  • Comprehensive explorations of the counter-narrative production phase of a decolonizing podcaster’s process
  • In-depth treatments of the community activism created by decolonizing podcasts

The Podcaster's Dilemma: Decolonizing Podcasters in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism is an indispensable new resource for critical media, communications, ethnic studies, and political science scholars, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. It is also perfect for anyone interested in the broad expansion of intersectional voices in dialogue about everything from political organizing to plant-based diets.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Meet the Hosts 15

2 Interrogation and Critique 42

3 Counter-narrative Production 80

4 Community Activism 110

5 Recolonizing Podcasts: Moving beyond the Frontiers of Instrumentarianism 131

Index 147


Nicholas L. Baham, III California State University East Bay, CA. Nolan Higdon California State University East Bay, CA.