I just posted this over at Blogdial, but I am going to repost it here since it really is more of AHM post. I am very interested in discussions and comparisons of podcasting to other radio technologies, and I posted it over at Blogdial to promote discussion. But I am plopping it here because it will keep 'A Human Movement' progressing properly and up to date with some of my current thoughts.
PS. Not a day goes by that I do not wish that I lived in the time of newsgroups and message boards rather then blogging and bloggers. I find that after about 1-2 hours of reading blogs in a row, I get sick of all the ugly colors, self-expression, repeated links, and the similar and yet slightly different layouts. I long for strate text, imposed hierarchical organization amongst the many and those beautiful headers to messages such as:
Subject: BPL and failure to respond to public requests for local documents
From: Don Saklad
Anyway, Here is the post, re-posted:
I had one of the original ipods in 2002 with the rotating front, I sold it in 2003 to a friend when the screen on my G3 Powerbook cracked and broke. I am seeing more mentioning of podcasts
on internet surfs lately. At first, I ignored the word entirely because of its annoying nature, (I did not trust the aspect of the word which relied on 'one "brand" only' of portable music devices, but now come to think of it, I call all portable tape players Walkmans, so...) Perhaps I was wrong about these podcasts?
I just listened to my first podcast; it was about libraries, produced by a librarian at a librarian blog.
It amounted to nothing more then an mp3 file of a guy talking as though he was on the radio. I am curious to find out if any blogdialians are listening to podcasts? Perhaps there are some gem feeds out there with interesting sounds? (or is it all radio wannabe bore, or worse just rehashed radio dribble?) What can a podcast do that a regular mp3 cannot?
It's also odd, because I began my day reading about the earliest uses of telephone technology including the work of Tivadar Puskas
, a bloke who got conceptual with Thomas Edison and traveled to Europe to experiment with "central telephone exchange" leading to the development of telephone newspapers,
such as Telephon Hirmondo
in Budapest (which lasted from 1880-1930,) and also telephone concerts in 1880's Paris, where telephones were used to broadcast performances of the Parisian Opera on a system called the Theatrephon.
...I will spare you from my assertions of the non-advancement of man in the area of sound dissemination in the last 100 years, and also from a criticism of the capitalist marketplace which breeds in, and promotes a certain stagnation of ideas, but I still question: are podcasts, as the aggregation of time-shifted audio content through networked computers a good or bad thing?