Manifesto

Mission Statement:

Audio drama is one of the most intimate and expressive dramatic mediums, rivaling theater and film in poetic, visual, and narrative qualities. Many people are unaware of this - a stigma lingers that "radio drama" is a scratchy, cartoonish thing of the past, as if people thought that cinema ended with silent movies, unaware of all the great films made since that time. In reality, audio and radio drama is the great frontier of modern theater - with subtle, intimate performances and powerful, gripping stories.

My aim is to promote a discussion of the art, sociology, theory, and future of this remarkable artistic form. The current state of audio drama is precarious, but through careful consideration of how content is presented, distributed, and interacted with, I believe that the radio and audio drama community can grow and prosper and reach an even wider audience.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Four Big Problems

There are four major problems facing audio drama that I’ve come up with so far: Definition, Knowledge, Availability, and Visibility.

  1. People have no idea what audio drama is. Or they think it’s Old Time Radio, something cheesy and archaic, and not something subtle and vibrant and contemporary.
  2. There is no central depository for knowledge about audio drama. There isn’t a place for all the disparate enthusiasts around the world to collect the knowledge and data they have acquired into one place. Yet. The best way to do this is with a wiki.
  3. There is no central clearinghouse for distributing audio drama, particularly the BBC output. We can’t just have knowledge about the body of work – we need to be able to listen to it.
  4. Audio drama is not visible.

This last issue is actually the most important.

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