Podcasting Is The New Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing meant that anybody could create books, magazines, etc. and if they had the talent they could make it look as good as a major publisher. The World Wide Web was much the same thing again except that it went beyond just the creation of material, it included a distribution method as well and we’ve all gotten to enjoy the results of that great experiment.
Podcasting has given us narrow cast radio for any topic and stars and shows that are so far removed from “radio” that I could almost dance for joy. Of course part of that might come from the fact that I live in a radio market with at least four Clear Channel stations in dominant positions on the dial and another channel that prides itself on how different it is but in truth it’s just a station sans DJ run from a hard drive. It’s like borrowing someone else’s iPod except that they added commercials to their playlists.
I’m going to jabber on at lenth about podcasting in the future but I just wanted to put in a quick plug for Tim Shadel’s Zdot podcast. It’s all about professional development using Java and other tools like Subversion which are language agnostic. If you do development for a living it’s well worth dipping into the archives for a listen. My only complaint is that sometimes he’s not working from a tight set of notes or watching the clock so you could probably cut 5-10 minutes out of every show without any real loss of material. But that’s easy for me to say, I’m not doing a show myself 🙂
“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.” I did this one (letter) longer only because I didn’t have the time to make it shorter. – Blaise Pascal