It’s not a free market of ideas, no. It’s Joe Rogan’s picked market of ideas. He’s the grocery store and stocks the shelves for you to buy.
He’s the MC. There’s no invisible hand of the market here.
“Today on Oprah our guests are”. “Today on Joe Rogan our guests are” “Today on Sally Jessy Raphel our guests are”. etc
Joe Rogan’s enthusiasts tend to be non-voters/3rd party voters. The “it’s all a big joke anyway who cares” crowd generally. But it’s still influential because they form the common backdrop of the USA, which tends towards apathetic towards political leaders.
You the viewer/listener are not free. Joe Rogan is the media as ABC is the media. They choose for you.
#1 Podcast IN THE WORLD. Highest earning, most listeners, he can do whatever he wants to do.
Powerful ruler of this media. Wealthy as heck from it too. Nothing wrong with that except the “aww gee shucks lil’ old me?” bit.
3-5 hour dedicated feed from mouth to brain of millions by men who are laughing (guard down) and entertained.
It’s not an explicitly political show. A “Go Vote or Die” is not an embedded message he ever gave as far as I know.
He is MAINSTREAM opinion. But not explicitly a political show.
I’m not judging you. I’m talking about his status as a very powerful influencer of opinion among men of a certain type.