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Podcasting as Liminal Praxis: Aural Mediation, Sound Writing and Identity


Podcasting has been adopted by a host of academics, writers and artists in ways that both enhance, but also diversify from, their primary field of interest or mode of communication. In this chapter Dario Llinares, film academic and co-creator of The Cinematologists Podcast, reflects on his own experience of podcasting production, presentation and dissemination, and analyses interviews with a range of such podcast adopters, to conceptualise the ways in which the medium provokes a self-reflexive interrogation of one’s identity as a mediated and mediating subject. Through an exploration of podcasting praxis—the enactment and subsequent acquisition of knowledge through materialised audio practice—Llinares examines how a range of podcasters assess the effects of working in this audio format, particularly in terms of its potential challenge to the logocentric basis of information communication. Furthermore, Llinares argues that podcasting represents a regeneration of the dialectical possibilities of audio and, concomitantly, reopens debates as to how the form and process of mediation are fundamentally implicated in the formation of knowledge.


  • Liminal Practices
  • Podcasts
  • listeningListening
  • praxisPraxis
  • audienceAudience

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    This is further complicated by related forms and concepts of digital audio dissemination such as DAB, streaming radio and netcasting.

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    You can see this on YouTube:

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    Estimates as to the percentage of podcasts obtained through Apple’s iTunes are difficult quantify accurately but this 2015 report by Clammr suggests that 82 per cent of mobile listening happens on iOS devices and 78 per cent of iOS listening occurs through Apple’s podcast app:

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    Various (unnamed) luminaries in podcasting reportedly met with iTunes executive to air grievances (Herrman. The New York Times, 7 May 2016).

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    Bob Goyetche was a Canadian podcasting pioneer who ‘co-organized the grassroots Podcasters Across Borders conference, and an early podcasting network’. [Internet] Accessed 5 May 2017.


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Llinares, D. (2018). Podcasting as Liminal Praxis: Aural Mediation, Sound Writing and Identity. In: Llinares, D., Fox, N., Berry, R. (eds) Podcasting. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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