It's all done automatically (some say automagically) so users don't have to hunt constantly for new downloads. Podcasts are "asynchronous bundles of passion, automatically delivered to your device of choice while you sleep," according to Dave Slusher who runs the blog/podcast site Evil Genius Chronicles. Adam Curry, a former MTV VJ now known as "the Podfather," developed the first podcatcher program, iPodder. MacPhail said Curry took existing tools and "connected the dots" to make the subscription model work; without this, podcasting would never have taken off...The first odd thing to me is that is it not really new. For years, for example, I could listen asynchonously to BBC shows archived in nice separate files ready for download. It is important to note that all that has been added is the ability to subscibe to the files, which is effectively an alert that new content has been posted. Plus the portability of an iPod, a digitized walkman, a small dedicated computer. Even "automagical" is at least a decade old, a term used by the HBD in its posting confirmation email. I think it is indicative that nothing is truly new except in the preception of the newness. Good evidence of this are the claims to invention being argued between or on behalf of Curry with Dave Winer, echoes of RSS and Atom circa 2002. Why does seems if Dave is claiming origin in relation to something, there must be by definition earlier actors and actions not being noted. Dave is sad:
The ultimate impact of podcasting on traditional broadcasting remains to be seen. The new medium is still in its infancy. These days, however, even baby technologies can transform the status quo remarkably fast. A few years ago, mainstream media were "quite dismissive about blogs" and now many are publishing them, observed Michael Geist, research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. Podcasting offers radio stations both an opportunity and a risk. Geist said listeners are increasingly zealots about protecting their time and "will listen to content when they want to, not when the provider decides it's appropriate to provide it. Radio stations that aren't able to meet those demands are going to see a decrease in listenership." He added that the media cannot just serve up repackaged fare, but must develop fresh, creative content. "Just providing the spoken word of a columnist probably won't be enough." This is particularly critical to capture the imagination and attention of young people, who have turned away from traditional media. "Reaching that younger demographic is going to be difficult, no matter what you do," said Geist. "It's a crowd that has grown up in a different media environment than their parents, so bringing them back into the fold will be a challenge." Podcasting is "certainly one way to try to do that."
When you look at the amount of space he had, how could he justify wasting any of it on being snarky? Does he imagine his readers have any interest in the subject? If not, why is he writing about it. If so, imagine how frustrated the reader is. The subject isn't exactly a household co(n)versation, like the suspected murderer who was camped out atop a crane in Atlanta (a subject MSM holds in great reverence, apparently, based on the number of Very Serious reports and hourly status updates). Thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that the reporter has no passion for news, no respect for his readers, and certainly no respect for the subjects of his reportage.Read more rant but suffice it to the greatest curse now is that you lack "passion", it appears. Passion is often these days a shroud for "do as I say" or "think as I think" in that the passion gets defined in terms of an agenda and, so, it you are not with us you are against us - all softened, of course, in the bloggy world by a little 80s hackisack or whatever the current version of the same is. But you see the same in politics, absolutism and the package of packaged ideas above all. All new little boxes made of tickytack for each to covet and join.
Claims to newness and debate as to origin is indicative of one of the utter failings of the internet, the lack of authenticity or a curve of history - even though the web would claim otherwise. If you cannot trace the order of events comprehensively, you cannot create a history. Without that every claim has equal status in time causing effects' causes to be jumbled and obscure. And as the web has proven, if nothing cannot be shown to be not so, then anything now has as good a claim as the next. To be fair in relation to the facts of web audio, these things have been only done by few until what was called "web radio" was cursed with the label "podcasting". It is the popularization of it that is new - which is great. But new happens all the time - think of the scene in Midnight Cowboy on the bus with the transistor radio. It will probably be enjoyed and explored by about 2% of active bloggy types for a year or so more, like MUDS or moblogs or those random gatherings of strangers playing with their cell phones of a few years ago with another funny name I forget. But like the peaking of blogs which could well be a year past us, it is likely that when Geist makes comments, Winer makes claims and The Star reports it is also possible that something has already slipped away without anyone noticing. It is also likely that the function of the content is secondary, that doing something with strangers is the thing, like the fad of the doin' twist or national socialism. The mass experience. Commenting on a new techology without reference to past fads or the human desire to join in is fairly dimwitted. The need now for - as opposed to the past's fear of - the shock of the new makes even the next big thing by definition soon obsolete.
Think of people in old folks homes in 2062 yapping about how great podcasting was, how much better than the brain implants everyone use, young nurses scoffing under their breath over brain implants being so '59 as the daub the spitty chins of the old.
Soon someone will figure out how to infect it all with spam and ads.