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Why radio works: A detour from “The Cold Embrace” to “Someone’s Always Listening” April 30, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Out Basket, >> Radio Drama.

Brad Stone and Matt Richtel have written an article (“Social Networking Leaves Confines of the Computer”; 30 April 2007; New York Times) about mobile social networking becoming enabled via cel phones. Stone and Richtel cite several examples which support their thesis.

An interesting quote comes from Daniel Graf, founder of Kyte, a mobile social networking service. Graf says, “Now you can share your life over a mobile phone and someone is always connected, watching.”

The last phrase “. . . someone is always connected, watching” is compelling. For radio drama, we humbly paraphrase Graf’s words as “someone is always listening.”

Imagine a cel phone which receives a series of crimes moving progressively closer to the individual listening.

Imagine reworking “1984” with Big Brother always listening via cel phones instead of watching through a television.

Imagine the consequences of anyone, anywhere listening into other conversations. Such a story might run the gamut from comic to creepy.

Radio works.

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