Sean Astin launched his Vox Populi Kickstarter project last month, which has now successfully reached its pledge goal. However you can still pledge and back this project and help achieve the stretch goals. Part 2 of this interview is now available here.
1. How did you get into radio from acting? How did you make that transition?
2. Besides your background in acting, what else makes you different as a talk radio host? What’s different about your show from what else is on the radio or online?
3. What role does social media play in Vox Populi’s daily operations? How valuable are they to what you do on the radio?
Social media, Twitter specifically is what drives the audience. The fact that I had 30k followers was inspiring enough to me, that I figured out how to put on this show, virtually on my own. Johnny Ice our engineer at Toad Hop is amazing & my brother has leant a hand on a few episodes. But, the only publicity for the show has been me personally tweeting out what the topics are and giving updates about when it’s on. During this KickStarter Campaign I’ve investigated and am now using Facebook with greater effectiveness. One of the upgrades the show will get, is the use of a dedicated social media “staffer”… I’m more than eager to interact with the audience. Managing the logistics of the effort is more than a one person job!
4. Do you see social media and the Internet as ultimately a beneficial or detrimental thing in world politics?
Social media and internet are a reality. Like many inventions, it can be a force for good or ill. Ultimately, as the government polices violent threats, the rest of us are free to express ourselves as positively or negatively as we choose, such is our constitutionally guaranteed right. Ultimately, the seedy underbelly of the social media space, trolls and vicious detractors will wreck havoc, but in the end, I believe that the so called Marketplace of Ideas is given it’s greatest opportunity to help civilization when many if not most people participate. Social media makes that possible. So, my answer is, Better, definitely better :-)))