Welcome to the 61st episode of the Mediatwits podcast, with Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali as co-hosts. This week is a very special edition of the podcast, with an in-depth interview with “famous minor TV personality” John Hodgman, a regular correspondent on “The Daily Show” and the “PC” in the Mac vs. PC ads from Apple. Hodgman talked about his new book “That Is All,” a satirical almanac of amazing facts that aren’t true. He also talks about his love for Twitter (not for Facebook), and how he became an accidental TV personality. Will he be first in line for the iPad Mini? No, but that doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate all the new improvements that Apple makes.

Speaking of the iPad Mini, our second segment is a discussion about the announcement of the 7.9-inch tablet and how it stacks up against the other smaller tablets such as the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. If you were buying one as a Christmas gift, which one should you get? We asked our gadget experts Nicole Lee of Engadget and Matt Buchanan of BuzzFeed. They also discussed the new Microsoft Surface and whether it stands a chance in a world of Fandroids and iSheep.


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Guest Bios

Comedian, author and Apple pitchman John Hodgman recently released his latest book, “That Is All,” the third tome in his “Complete World Knowledge” triology. The book includes sections on wine and sports, deranged millionaires and the end of the world. Hodgman is known for being the “PC” on the popular Mac vs. PC ad campaign for Apple, and has been a longtime correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Follow him on Twitter @hodgman or on his Tumblr.

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Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee has been covering technology since 2005 with stints at Wired, Gizmodo, CNET, This Week in Tech, and now Engadget, where she writes about gadgets of all kinds.

Matt Buchanan is the editor of BuzzFeed’s tech vertical FWD. Buchanan was previously the deputy editor of Gawker’s Gizmodo, and has contributed to American Photo, Bloomberg, the New York Times Diner’s Journal, and Popular Mechanics. Buchanan has been writing about technology and the way it’s changing our lives for five years.

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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

Highlights from the Show


1:00: Mark goes to Poynter/craigconnects conference on ethics

2:00: The MediaShift Mixer at the Paley Center

4:00: Rundown for the podcast

Interview with John Hodgman

5:30: Special guest John Hodgman

7:00: “That Is All” is an expert tome of lies

8:30: How Hodgman became a correspondent on “The Daily Show”

12:00: Hodgman is a former literary agent, and thinks they will have a future with e-books and self-publishing

15:00: Hodgman: Twitter has brought back the one-liner as a mainstream form of comedy

17:00: Hodgman’s not a fan of Facebook but does have a Tumblr

19:00: He doesn’t need to get every Apple product but appreciates the company’s innovations

22:45: How did “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” get to be big sources for news?

26:00: Hodgman: What could be more valuable than media criticism right now?

iPad Mini and small tablets

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Matt Buchanan

27:00: Special guests Nicole Lee and Matt Buchanan

29:20: Buchanan: Apple will sell iPad Minis by the truckload

31:30: Lee: For surfing the web and email, the Nexus 7 might be fine

34:10: Buchanan: Microsoft has a compelling vision, but need to execute it

36:40: Lee: Microsoft still can’t compare to Apple with apps

39:30: Buchanan: Kindle Fire designed for people to buy from Amazon

More Reading

John Hodgman’s Tumblr

That Is All by John Hodgman

John Hodgman on the death of publishing and being a Mac trapped in a PC’s body at Engadget

The Only Apple Event Post You Need To Read Today at BuzzFeed

The iPad Mini’s Competition at Forbes

More, And Less, Than An iPad at BuzzFeed

Could the iPad Mini Be a Gaming Game-Changer? at WSJ Digits

iPad mini is more than just the sum of its hardware at ZDNet

iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Small Tablet Showdown at PC Mag

Apple iPad mini hands-on! at Engadget

Nexus 7 review: the best $200 tablet you can buy at Engadget

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and fiancee Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+