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Spotify really does employ some gutless hacks.
Per Digital Music News, a bunch of random Spotify staffers are considering walking out or a full-blown strike if the service doesn’t allow direct editorial oversight of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“Some of the group’s demands have already been met by Spotify management, though a refusal to allow further changes is stirring talk of a high-profile walkout or strike,” the report says. “According to preliminary plans shared with Digital Music News, the strike would principally involve New York-based Spotify employees, and would be accompanied by protests outside Spotify’s Manhattan headquarters. Other aspects would involve media appearances and coordination with other activist organizations.”
This is embarrassing. The woke Spotify employees are demanding content flags, trigger warnings, references to fact-checked information, and the option to block an episode from publication.
As I said last week, Spotify paid $100 million for Joe Rogan. Not a toned-down version who bows to these social justice warriors.
“Joe Rogan was brought to Spotify to be Joe Rogan. It’s absurd for any employee to think a controlled version is reasonable. Rogan’s appeal is that he’s fearless, interested, and independent; three threats to mainstream media. He doesn’t bow to the mob. Rogan invites the canceled on for hours.”
What gets me: what leverage do the staffers have? Rogan elevates Spotify’s brand substantially. With exclusivity, Spotify will compete with Apple Podcasts. That’s what Rogan brings; do the angry employees demanding change equal that?
Rogan must be furious. He’s an outlier. He takes on the establishment. Now, he’s taking checks from a company full of cowards trying to ruin yet another industry.