In his book, Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky states, “Communications Tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.”
Perhaps the timeframe for getting boring has become shorter in the digital age. The Email forwarding of web articles, for example, became the key medium mobilizing Catholics around the Boston Globe‘s investigative coverage of Catholic priest abuse scandals in the early 2000s.
This also may be the case with podcasting, where the much-hyped emergence of the technology in the mid 2000s had faded into the background noise of social media–until recently.
Serial, the hit podcast from the creators of This American Life and WBEZ public radio in Chicago, may have prompted a dramatic turn in the prospects of it’s central figure, currently serving a life sentence for murder: Serial’s Adnan Syed Will Get a Chance to Appeal His Conviction.