BEIJING — Charlie Custer and John Artman, creators and co-hosts of China Punks, the most popular podcast in China, have recently announced their decision to forego a show this week, ostensibly because of a technical malfunction.
This, of course, has created a wave of concern, and uncertainty over the future of this award-winning and ground breaking podcast.
In order to alleviate concern, Mr Custer and Mr Artman called an emergency press conference last night. Unfortunately, due to laziness and general disrespect for their listening public, they were not in attendance. Instead, their spokesman from Relevant Recordings, Mr Xiang Guan Bu, made the announcement and answered questions during the two-hour press conference.
“According to the relevant recording procedures, China Punks was unable to be published this week,” Xiang said. “We hope that everyone understand how important these relevant rules and regulations are to the continuation of safe and harmonious podcasting in China.”
However, when asked about what the proper procedures for podcasting are, Mr Xiang was not able to give any satisfying answers.
“It is the belief of myself, as well as those I represent, that everyone already knows the relevant regulations and procedures. If you don’t, I refer you to our website: http://www.willneverfindwhatyouarelookingfor.com where everything is explained logically and clearly. If you can’t find any relevant information, then I apologize, because you must be stupid.”
Both Mr Custer and Mr Artman were unavailable for comment as they had to finish their ice cream.
—- Yur Mom. Follow him on twitter @STFU
Recorded on Feb 15, 2012.
This week, the two punks take a look at Apple vs Everyone, but in particular how they treat their people, what they do about it, and the so-far invincibility of their stock price even as they may lose the right to sell iPads in China.
We also do what we do best: make unfounded speculations. This time around we speculate about Xiaomi becoming a major player in Chinese handsets, the most recent drama surrounding Wang Lijun (not much, but exciting nonetheless), Linsanity, and the relationship between traditional TV and online viewing.
And it turns out that John’s unfounded speculation about Youku having an inside track in releasing mobile client for Paike, their user generated platform, was vindicated with SARFT’s announcement earlier today that they will regulate Internet and mobile TV.
Apple Vs The World
NY Times: In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
Does Apple Really Care About Factory Workers? (by Charlie for Penn-Olson)
MIC Gadget: Apple fights back on iPad TM rejection in China
Reuters: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose
Reuters: More Chinese Cities Halt iPad orders
the Beijinger: iPad, is this the end?
Sweatshop (flash game)
SARFT and Crappy TV
After almost a month of silence, the two punks are back with their bad mouths and over-generalizations.
In this episode, Charlie and John catch up after a period of involuntary silence to talk about Startup Asia, Wang Lijun, Xiaomi, as well as the gut-wrenching Spring Festival and accompanied headache-inducing Festival Gala on CCTV, et al.
Background and follow-up links:
Wang Lijun and his possible defection to the US: