Techdirt Podcast Episode 3: Amanda Palmer And The Art Of Asking

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After a short break (and a teaser) last week, it’s now time for Episode 3 of the Techdirt Podcast. If you still haven’t subscribed, you should follow us on Soundcloud, subscribe via iTunes, or simply plug the RSS feed into your favorite podcatcher app (we have a few recommendations). Of course, you can also keep up with all the latest episodes right here on Techdirt.

This week we’ve got a special guest, and someone who should be familiar to regular Techdirt readers: Amanda Palmer, an artist who has been taking an innovative (and sometimes controversial) approach to succeeding in the music business for a long time. The episode kicks off with Amanda reading an excerpt from her new book, The Art Of Asking, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Let People Help, then moves on into a discussion about the book, her experiences in the music and publishing industries, the anger that has arisen around some of her creative business model experiments, and much more. For the music this week, we’ve got a clip of Amanda’s own The Killing Type from her album Theatre Is Evil. A big thanks to Amanda Palmer for visiting the podcast, and we hope you enjoy the episode!

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boston songwritress says:

Amanda Palmer - the indie world's Kim Kardashian

She’s confusing “not feeling real” with “not feeling worthy,” which would lead to the well-documented “imposter syndrome”. As she compares her work to that of Bertolt Brecht, it’s hard to believe her feelings of being an imposter are anything but fleeting. “Not feeling real for most of her life” on the other hand, is indicative of a personality disorder. Having observed her behavior over years (& even listening to this interview), I don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility, but I’m sure she isn’t making that claim.

I’m put off by her description of writing a book in 7 weeks, and then discovering its many mistakes. She’s a star of the internet age, and that kind of carelessness only seems acceptable in that realm. I suspect her work is made for an internet audience with short attention spans and a taste for pathos. She’s a faux intellectual, name-dropping substantial intellectuals while unable to produce a book without any typos. She’s the Kim Kardashian of the indie-scene, in which image is all, controversy props you up, and you marry a superstar for legitimacy.

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