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September 19th, 2007

I felt that yesterday’s interview with Andrew Keen went well. I only lost my train of thought once. I thought Keen was a good guest, though some (including my darling Vicky) felt he was arrogant. What surprised me was that he had already anticipated some of the Devil’s Advocate points I’d intended to raise; presumably he’d been previously taken to task over his seeming trust in the mainstream media.

He did at one point get into a heated exchange with a caller, and one listener to the broadcast felt that I shouldn’t have allowed him to get away with interrupting the other party. For my part, I felt that the caller was spoiling for a fight from the start, and was interrupting as often as he himself was interrupted. I didn’t see an opportunity to interject myself into the dialogue without shouting down the two of them and adding to the problem. Beisdes, I’d prefer to err on the side of allowing both guest and caller the opportunity to be themselves, warts and all, before bringing down the heavy hand. The alternative is to drop the caller, something we eventually did in this case.

If you missed the show, it’s available in the WILL archive.

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