Podcasts are just out there, like air. You don’t go to one place to get them; you get them from everywhere and anywhere. You can choose how you want to engage with them and manage them and it is legitimately heartwarming that nothing has ever gotten in the way of that being a fundamental fact.
After the obituaries and farewells to Twitter have faded, the things which are based on open interoperable protocols will live on. This is true for every closed platform. For all they entrench themselves into our lives and become a centralized source of news and connection, their inherent Achilles’ heel is their isolation. That is not a new observation, but it is sometimes easy to forget.