Articles are one-way, an author writes it and moves on. Radio and TV are
one-way, they are broadcasted then move on. While there are some that may
contact the author or producer they usually don't have a two-way
converstaion "on air".

With blogging and podcasting the audience gets involved. They leave comments
and the comments are talked about on-air. True the deaf are left out, but
several are leaving trasnscriptions now and there are search engines for
audio now (still beta). Really you can think of a podcast as an audio blog
(in many cases).

So lets give an example. I start talking about how great it is to run java
in RPG because it can do feature X and RPG can't. You leave me a voice mail
or email telling me I am wrong. Now in some venues, they just say thanks and
move on. In podcasts they will play your comment on the "air" and then talk
about it.

I hope this helps.

On 10/6/06, Michael Ryan <michaelrtr@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

There was a discussion about podcasts for the i5 community. Not to talk
down
a technology, but what's the difference between a podcast and an article
(besides the obvious sensory difference)? Is there some technology
associated with podcasts that makes it inherently better than reading, or
is
it just a different way?



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