Articles chosen from:
Belson, K, 2005, 'An MTV host moves to radio, giving voice to audible blogs', The New York Times, n.p.
Day,M,2005,'Web users aren't about to forsake the printed page', The Australian,
An MTV Host Moves to Radio, Giving Voice to Audible Blogs
Ex MTV Host, Adam Curry, will produce and host a four hour programme on weekdays using software he developed that enables all MP3 users to receive the programme from 13 May on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Sirius subscribers will pay $12.95 monthly to listen to the show, "Adam Curry's Podshow", through "Talk Central" on Channel 148.
Podcasts - homemade digital audio files, will be uploaded by users to the Internet for MP3 listeners to download and store several hundred hours of program and music files which could be listened to, on demand.
Besides Sirius, Infinity Broadcasting in San Fransisco - 1550 KYCY. which has received more than 200 podcasts, plans to dedicate an AM channel to podcasting.
Curry's unedited voice show from London will also include advertisements and its targeted audience of MP3 users range from 18 - 34 years of age.
In my opinion, podcasting technology has gained popularity amongst MP3 users with a wider choice of downloads from several sources. Nevertheless, Netanel Jacobsson (2006) maintains that most of the podcasts lack an entertaining voice or good sound quality. He feels that the criteria required to make a good podcast is:
- An interesting, engaging and entertaining voice
- An interesting subject
Advertisements are a source of revenue return for podcasters' investments in programmes. The credibility of advertisements is questionable. Frank Koehntopp (2006) commented that the Podshows Earthlink Commercials are 'too crappy' to listen to. Apart from a gullible voice, the contents of the commercials are purely unbelievable and incredible.
In general, the innovation of podcasting is essential for people on the move. It enables downloads for entertainment and news updates which the listeners can access at leisure.
I am against the idea of podcasts being so readily available to the public. The targeted audience may range from the age of 18 to 34, but what these broadcasters fail to realise is that nowadays many youths, well below the age of 18, are MP3 users as well. The youths could easily access these unedited and uncensored shows, thus exposing them to undesirable influences. When something is made readily available for public access, I believe there ought to be some censorship involved. This is based on my experience upon observation of several youths in my neighbourhood being pampered by parents who readily meet their demands but are unable to monitor their activities. This lack of supervision of these youths make them vulnerable to adverse influences.
Web users aren't about to forsake the printed page
The author in this article argues that the internet will not kill the newspaper as more people are reliant on the latter to obtain further information on news.
The website New Matilda, led by John Menadue, a former government official and ex general manager of News Limited, concluded in its research, designed by Rod Cameron of ANOP, that besides reading its online reports, its subscribers do regularly read at least two newspapers and other publications to obtain more information on news of interest.
- Generate ideas and initiatives to help understand the government's system.
- Drift its audience from sinking into homogenised news and opinions, using its liberal voice.
- Broaden the mindset of subscribers on democratic issues and the selfish society.
I do agree that the newspapers will never be obsolete amongst internet users. The internet news does not contain as much information as compared to the newspapers which are more elaborate and detailed on news reports. The internet carries only about 50% information than that of the newspaper. The newspaper is portable, mobile and can be re-read, unlike the internet, which requires a connection with a service provider to access news reports and is not portable.
I travel abroad extensively and the only means of receiving home news is through the internet, which only covers important news in brief. In order to retrieve the entire contents of an interesting or important story, I still rely on back-dated newspapers on my return. It strains my eyes to be hooked onto the internet for an extended period and lack of concentration is inevitable.
Thus, people's reliance on print media for information will never cease.
- Belson, K, 2005, 'An MTV host moves to radio, giving voice to audible blogs', in The New York Times, 2 May 2005. n.p. in Document Design & Publication Reading Material, Reading 11, University of S. Australia.
- Day, M, 2005, 'Web users aren't about to forsake the printed page', in The Australian, 14 April 2005, p.22 in Document Design & Publication Reading Material, Reading 15, University of S. Australia.
- Digital Life, 14 February 2006, 'Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman with the world's first face transplant, unveiled her new visage last week: blogosphere', p.14.
- Digital Life, 21 February 2006, 'As Singapore idol fever hits town, star wannabes moan, gripe or sing a praise on their blogs: blogosphere', p. 18
- Koehntopp, F, 2006, That Stupid Earthlink Commercial, updated 22 February 2006, viewed on 24 February 2006.
- Jacobsson, N, 2006, Why I Love Podcasts, updated 19 February 2006, viewed on 24 February 2006.