When we talk about having an “audience”, we’re often stuck in the past:
The old modal of audience connection: “I am on stage, you listen to me.”
You got permission to get on stage, people showed up, you said your piece.
“Stage” could be a literal theatre stage. It could be on one of the three TV stations available at the time.
The new modal of audience connection: “We are all on stage, we listen to each other.”
We’re all on stage. We do not have a captive audience.
But we can participate in the conversation.
And if we’re lucky, some will stick around to hear what we have to say next.