Gillmor Gang: The ever-ending netcast

The Gillmor Gang is the most peculiar netcast I have subscribed to. What is the Gillmor Gang? Well… Imagine a group of web industry experts, moderated by Marvin the Android going by the pseudonym of Steve Gillmor.
Regular members of the Gillmor Gang are Dana Gardner, Doc Searls, Mike vizard, Dan Farber, Mike Arrington, Robert Anderson and Jason Calacanis. Since the latter joined the round, the podcast has been getting a lot more interesting. His recent Adam Curry impersonation had me laughing to tears (which is quite weird if you’re sitting in a train full of people).

The Gillmor Gang discusses recent developments around the web and IT industry like Google Office, the YouTube sale or the Microsoft deal with Novell. Having so many smart people exchanging their opinions is what makes this podcast unique. But there also are some annoying things: For one thing, Steve Gillmor insists on splitting every episode into three to five pieces that have to be downloaded separately. And every of these pieces starts with a four-minute advertising block. Using fast-forward to 4:10 quickly becomes a habit if you’re a regular listener.

At the beginning of the episode I’m currently listening to, “Thanksgiving Gang”, a criticism is brought on that I share: In the beginning of the series, Steve Gillmor used to define the agenda and his round of pundits discussed the topics he put on. Over time, though, the show turned into the members often talking about themselves, for example about Jason Calacanis leaving AOL, and most often Steve Gillmor quietly sulking in the background.

Almost every episode, I tell myself: “This is such a waste of time. That was the last episode I listen to.” But unsubscribing to the podcast seems to be as difficult to me as to Steve Gillmor is discontinuing his podcast: For every one of the last 10 or so episodes, he called it the last one. But finally, Steve seems to mean it this time.

To me, the Gillmor Gang is like sitting next to the table of some smart celebrities discussing topics that I too find interesting. After all, there are a lot of things you can learn from successful web entrepreneurs like Mike Arrington or industry leaders like Jason Calacanis or Dana Gardner.

The Gillmor Gang is a strange combination of well-known experts (and vice-versa) with interesting thoughts as well as unusual personalities and a Gillmoresque moderation that fluctuates between “non-existant” and “I am the boss here and you shut up”.

That’s why I hope that I’ll have a lot of future last episodes to stop listening to.