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Friday, January 20, 2006

Podcasting

Podcasting refers to a relatively young fashion of producing and distributing (mostly non-professional) audio shows on the net. Google defines Podcasting as “making audio files (most commonly in MP3 format) available online in a way that allows software to automatically download the files for listening at the user’s convenience”. Podcasting is often seen as an alternative to commercial radio. Read more about Podcasting at Wikipedia.

Why do I blog and even consider to start podcasting? In my case it helps organising my thoughts, ideas and links, practicing English, Swedish and Finnish writing skills and maintaining a web presence. Writing a blog is a practice in patience and in exhibitionism. You write a post, and leave it for the world to see, and it sits out there quietly, waiting for the potentila readers. A little piece of your mind, your thoughts and ideas open to be observed.

Communication is one of the most basic and most important of human pleasures. In a simplest case, a post is embedded into a conversation with myself, a personal narrative used to articulate and to organise my own thinking. Today writing is only marginally slower than speaking. Often it is quicker, particularly when you need to involve a number of people in dialogue at the same time.

The speed with which large amounts of text can be found, edited and shared among a number of people far exceeds the rather tedious process of reading the same text out loud. Today the writer can be in direct contact with the reader. Chats, instant messengers and a wide range of other means of real-time textual communication have been out there for a long time.There is immediacy, interaction and informality.

The next step for me will be to add some podcasts and give my oral presentations a chance to get an audience.

Definitions of podcast/ podcasting on the Web: a form of audio blogging created by Adam Curry, a former MTV Host, and Dave Winer, the founder of Userland Software. Its name comes from the targeting of audio posts to Apples iPod audio player, although podcasts can be listened to on competing players and on computers.

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