Have you listened to the brand new podcast Ink Still Wet yet? Its concept is brilliant -- it's a fictional audio drama that's crowd-sourced. The show is only one episode in so far, but I'm really, really excited about it.
From its introductory episode, here's the gist:
"We, the creators of this show, don't even have page one written. We're relying on you for the ideas, so what you need to do is go to our website, InkStillWet.com, where you can click on the contribute tab and start submitting your ideas today. We'll read all of your ideas. We'll pick one, two, or a few of our favorites, write the first episode, record it, produce it, put it out to you, and ask, 'What do you want to happen next?' And then it all starts over again and we continue the story until we think it can come to a close."
Those whose ideas are selected get credits on the episode and are "inducted into the official contributor club." The show's creators are also taking music submissions. So far, the instrumental songs they've included have been gorgeous.
Aside from the exciting concept, the story is really good. The first episode -- Through the Wall -- begins in an interrogation room. The protagonist, Griffin, is being questioned by police about a murder that occurred after he stole a sandwich from a market. Griffin learns that the suspect is in police custody and he's determined to meet him. What happens when he and his two friends make it to the federal prison is really shocking and totally unexpected.
Needless to say, I'm curious about what's going to happen next. According to the show's creators on Twitter, episode two is in the works and should be here soon. So go check it out, if you're interested. And if you've already tuned in, be sure to visit Ink Still Wet's website to share your ideas.
I'd also love to hear your thoughts on the show's concept -- is crowd-sourcing a podcast a good idea? Too risky? Will it slow down the process too much? This is my main concern, but at the moment, my hopes are high.