Being placed in the same category as the defunct movie rental store Blockbuster is anything but a compliment, having displayed poor leadership and an inability to modernize leading to a steep downfall. But that’s what Joe Rogan sees as the future for Twitter.
During a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, comedian Whitney Cummings asked Rogan if he thinks “there’ll be a day where we will look back and go ‘remember when anyone could get on Twitter at any time’… Do you think there’ll be restrictions?”
Rogan took it a step further and said he believes Twitter is headed in the direction of Blockbuster, noting the platform’s toxic and mean nature. “There’s no empathy in these conversations and that’s a big part of the problem. You don’t see the people, you don’t feel their pain, so you can say horrible shit to them,” Rogan said.
“The vast majority of their communication is text messages and tweets and none of it is person to person,” Rogan added. “These kids are arguing with each other through texts because they don’t wanna look at each other and talk like human beings.”
While Twitter contributes to the lack of person-to-person communication in society, it certainly isn’t the sole cause. It might be wishful thinking to assume humans will course correct to focus less on technology and more on in-person communication.
As far as Twitter falling behind the times, Rogan added “We’re going to hit some new thing next, that is going to read each other’s minds. … It’s going to make this seem like nonsense.”
Although they’re no match for Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, Twitter still reaches a younger demographic than Facebook, which bodes well for its future. A study by Pew Research Center from earlier this year showed 62% of internet users over the age of 65 use Facebook, and 72% of people between 50 and 64 are on it.
Compared to other social media platforms, Twitter still provides a newsier service. If someone breaks a story, writes an article, records a podcast, gets a new job or has an edgy opinion, they’re likely to post about it on Twitter. Twitter serves as a hub for content creators to announce their work.
Aside from the platform negatively impacting human interaction, the underlying theme of comparing Twitter to Blockbuster is a lack of modernization. The inability to edit already posted tweets continues to frustrate users and likely makes people assume Twitter hasn’t grown their platform, when in fact they’ve made significant changes since launching in 2006. Twitter added the ability to live-stream and schedule tweets, they doubled the character limit, aired sports broadcasts and altered camera functionality to keep up with the likes of Instagram and Snapchat.
Considering its current impact on society, it’s hard to imagine Twitter going the way of Blockbuster, but it would have been equally difficult to predict Blockbuster’s downfall 15 years ago.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.