I subscribe to Adam Curry's website and listen to the DSC.
I don't agree with the vile language that seems to be associated with the so called 'popular' podcasts. I find a tirade of abusive language tiresome, childish and generally uncomfrtable.
OK, freedom of speech means the right to speak freely, but that does not mean the right to swear and curse like a trooper. Stand in the street and do the same thing and you'll be convicted of a public order offence. Don't believe me? Don't try it - you'll find out at your own peril.
Of course folks use language in their everyday walks of life, however, some don't. Isn't restraint sometimes a better tool than no restraint? Does it really add to the message, or, more importantly does it take away?
Any fool can swear, it's often the province of the lower intellect, a four lettered word can replace a comma and semi-colon. I always think that language is largely inappropriate in podcasting. I understand that in some places it has its place - not in my blog or podcast though.
This is the content of the text I put on Curry's site:
One common misconception is the fact that to be on the cutting edge with freedom of speech you have to swear and curse incessantly.
I guess Martin Luther King got it wrong then did he? Poor old Ghandi should have followed the Howard Stern model too eh? Winston Churchill should have thrown in a few four letter words when he talked about fighting to the bitter end and the Queen's speech should figure some street slang to appeal to the masses?
Ok, it's your freedom of choice to curse and swear, but, please don't feed me the nonsense that this makes you 'cutting edge'. I listen to podcasts with my kids around, the only cutting you'll get in that instance is the podcast via the off button.
Adam, I'm not having a go at you, it's obviously prevalent in CSB's mind that foul language = cult status. I happen to think that copious foul language = no restraint, poor and/or little vocabulary and low or impaired intellect.
The Crims swear in the cells below while the Barristers wax eloquent in the court room above. I'm not suggesting we adopt a Barrister's status, I think we should just remember that some of us hate that sort of language
Adam, one of your promo's had a mass of foul language - if there's an audience for that, I just think it feeds the lowest common denominator. I don't mind the odd curse - but please don't machine gun it out. It's just harsh, crude and - well, pretty boring to be frank.
I'll sit back and wait for the tirade to follow...