I already donate to max fun, used to pay for Never Not Funny, donated to WFMU on behalf of The Best Show, pay for How Was Your Week premium and now I will subscribe to Howl premium, but I sort of resent the argument they're making that they want to push podcasting to the next level by introducing it to new audiences, making it a viable medium to earn a living in, etc and that to do that we need to pay. It's totally legit, but it's counter intuitive for me as a listener.
You're essentially telling me that this thing I've loved for like half a decade, which I've gotten for free by the way, needs my financial backing to get to a point where I have to pay for it some more. Let's make this industry a thing! It already was a thing and I got it for free. Morally I'm happy to pay because it gives me hours of entertainment, but it's a little strange how it's being framed to consumers to empathize with their content creators in order to distance themselves from the product further. I think people like Scott Aukerman, Lauren Lapkus, PFT and Andy Daly should be rich as hell because they're super talented, original and deserve commercial success and recognition, but it just seems odd that we're participating in helping a medium that was great specifically because it was accessible and intimate become less accessible and intimate.
Anyways, it's inevitable that podcasting will commercialize and I'm not a piece of [expletive] cheapo, so I'm definitely subscribing to the premium. It's just clear that the golden age of populist podcasting and the comedy boom it created is coming to an end.