Johnny Depp is probably one of the finest actors of a generation. He's also a human being. Audiences of traditional media are shocked when they see a person of his celebrity calibre acting as a human would. They expect their celebrities to be more than human. Otherworldly. Perfection.
The podcast fan's celebrities however are presented to them warts and all. In fact, they tend to learn more about their heroes than they bargained for. The fan base of Duncan Trussell have no problem learning of the time he was provided a happy ending at his local masseuse. Steven Brody Stevens will regularly outline his daily psychotic medicine dosage to an attentive audience clinging to his every word. Podcast fans expect to be shocked, or perhaps more accurately, invited into the personal world of their heroes.
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Johnny Depp appeared to be under the influence of some kind of substance when he was presenting at the recent Hollywood Documentary Awards. He stumbled and swore. Much like a human would. To the person who receives their entertainment and information from the corporate mass media this is a shocking way for a celebrity to conduct themselves. To the podcast fan, it's Sunday night.
Filmmaker Kevin smith recently made a life-changing discovery - he could make his art his way as long as he kept his costs down. The main expense - marketing. He developed the idea for his latest film "Tusk" during an episode of his podcast. It was based on a Gumtree UK ad that actually turned out to be a hoax. The idea though was so compelling he continued to, as he puts it, push whimsy. The intimate relationship with his audience allowed them to follow the process from conception to screen via Twitter and podcast.
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His fans would be upset of he didn't. And on that note, where would Doug Benson's live and interactive podcast "Getting Doug With High" be without public intoxication?
It's time to understand the only one type of person - a human being. There's nowhere to hide this on a podcast.