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We must stop the centralization of podcasts
Podcasts are one of the few remaining truly decentralized forms of content on the web, and the only one that's still mainstream. Currently though, they are under attack by Spotify and others. We simply can't let this happen. When content becomes centralized, freedom of speech disappears. The platform that controls the space now has full control over what you can say, and how much income you make. After podcasts, the only truly independent media will be blogs. Nobody reads blogs. (except us nerds) Spotify is currently in the process of buying up podcasts, and runs an extremely popular podcast hosting company called Anchor. Another concerning fact about podcasts is that 67% of all podcast ads are dynamically inserted. This means that the host has no control over the ads being played, and if there's a centralized platform, the ads could be changed to become target ads. :(