We sit down with the host of Zig Zag to talk about decentralization, feminism, and how the blockchain might fix journalism
The creators of Zig Zag: Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant
Capitalism, Journalism, and Women: This week Paul Ford and xarissa sit down with Manoush Zomorodi to talk about her new podcast, Zig Zag, and why she left a steady job at NYPR to create a media company on the blockchain. We chat about what it means to create a podcast on a technology no one really understands yet, the importance of owning your work, and how decentralized platforms are benefiting women. We also get to hear Paul’s manatee impression!
6:34 — Manoush: “It wasn’t necessarily about an incident or a guy, it was about the whole system.”
7:29 — Manoush: “If [Trump] can be President, I can have my own company.”
14:17 — Manoush: “ I don’t understand the blockchain, no one understands the blockchain, so what if we actually made something that explained the blockchain… it’s the perfect narrative vehicle to explore all the other problems that we have with the internet.”
13:30 — Manoush: “You’re going to put this thing on the blockchain… and you can’t take that away from us.”
19:07 — Paul: “It’s tricky. You’re in this priestly cast when you’r ein the media, and you’re not supposed to get your hands dirty. Then there comes a point where you’re like, ‘do I believe more in the ethos of this culture or is it worth it for me to participate even though I might get cast out of heaven’.”
22:08— Paul: “There’s a point where you go, ‘I can’t be broke and smart’.”
24:56— Xarissa: “[Women] historically have been really bad at creating things that we own.”
Track Changes is the weekly technology and culture podcast from Postlight, hosted by Paul Ford and Rich Ziade. Production, show notes and transcripts by EDITAUDIO. Podcast logo and design by Will Denton of Postlight.