Podcasts are hearteningly enshittification resistant

Walled gardens considered harmful (to performers and audiences).

Cory Doctorow
6 min readJan 27

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A scary abandoned room. The back wall is stained with the Spotify podcast selection screen. In the center of the room is an oversized mousetrap, baited with the Spotify logo.

In the enshittification cycle, a platform lures in users by giving them a good deal at first, then it lures in business customers (advertisers, sellers, performers) by shifting the surplus from users to them; finally, it takes all the surplus for itself, turning the…

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