Ben SoundCloud Voices

SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.

This week on SoundCloud Voices we take a look (and listen) to a selection of authors who are using SoundCloud to promote newly released books. Clay Johnson, Barantunde Thurston and Dylan Ratigan have all released books recently and are currently out on the road promoting them. Here’s how they are using SoundCloud.

Firstly Clay Johnson, author of Information Diet, a book about consuming information in a healthy way.  Healthy information consumption habits are about more than productivity and efficiency. They’re about your personal health, and the health of society. Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to new forms of ignorance.  The book explains the role of information throughout history and why following Clay’s prescribed diet it essential is today’s information age.  He’s been using SoundCloud to post interviews he’s made on various radio shows.  Take a listen below and learn more!

Next up is Baratunde Thurston, who is Director of digital at the brilliant The Onion and co founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics.  He has recently released a book called How to be Black which takes a look at humorous look at the modern day views and opinions on race and racial politics, essentially he explains how to be black using stories and experiences from himself and family.  Chapters include “How to be the Black Friend” and “How to speak for all black people”.  Currently on a promotional book tour he’s been using the SoundCloud iPhone app to record a “tourcast” giving updates and comments on the latest goings on as he travels across America. Take a listen to his post on Blackentine’s Day!

And last but not least is Mr Dylan Ratigan.  Long term SoundClouder and vocal political economist, Dylan has recently released a book called Greedy Bastards which has a subtitle that perfectly summarises the focus of the book – How can we stop corporate communists, bankers and other vampires from sucking America dry.  In alignment to this book, Dylan has continued to make his brilliant podcast but this time calling it Greedy Bastards Antidote – so essentially its a range of podcasts featuring guests and experts to discuss ways to stop solve the broken systems that have developed the current financial crisis.  Take a listen to episode 2 where Dylan and his guest, Dr Jeffrey Brenner, discuss healthcare.

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