Thursday, February 10, 2005
Two items in the Technology section of The New York Times today are right down my alley: Internet distractions.
My most recent experiment with avoiding distractions at the computer
worked in a way -- being so distracted that you don't pay the phone
bill for a couple of months causes Bell South to eliminate the
distraction altogether. Ironically, although the company made
telemarketing calls to pitch DSL service, it sent the shut-off notice
by U.S. mail and I let it sit unopened for a few days.
Oops, I'm getting off topic... Back to the Times:
The two work together nicely -- I've distracted myself in the past by
writing or editing Wikipedia entries, including adding to the page about the Hartford Courant.
I tell journalism students that there's no "one right way" to tell a
story, and I've just seen two very different, but excellent,
introductions to podcasting, the audio weblog format.
Contrasting these two storytelling approaches might
make for an interesting discussion in a "new media" or journalism
- One is a professional newspaper package -- two stories, photo
and sidebars, plus online-edition Web links.
The other is a four-minute amateur video with narration, slides and
screen-capture illustration, distributed as part of a weblog.
Doing it the old-fashioned newspaper way, USA Today
sent a reporter and photographer off to the wilds of Wisconsin to
capture an image of Dawn Miceli, with headphones, magenta hair, iBook
and husband, Drew Domkus, producing their Dawn & Drew Show
, a daily half hour characterized as "married-couple banter."
The Lifestyle section
piece uses the evening with Dawn and Drew as
bookends around a clear intro to the downloadable audio program
phenomenon, including an interview with pioneer podcaster Adam Curry,
Another USA Today
writing from Seattle, told the Money section
story, including a
technical how-to sidebar, examples from local rock bands to NPR talk
to musings of "an angry drag queen," and comments on Apple's
apparent lack of interest in podcasting, despite the
role of its iPod MP3 player in inspiring the form. Additional
business-oriented comments come from Microsoft, Curry, blog-savvy PR
guy Steve Rubel and others.
The two stories are headlined Podcasting: It's all over the dial
(by Marco R. della Cava) and Radio to the MP3 degree: Podcasting
(by Byron Acohido).
Footnote: For more podcasting history and links, see the items I've posted about it here; you might call this a non-linear, episodic approach
to telling the same story. Testing my own software setup, today's
RSS feed of this page has a Quicktime attachment -- an old unmusical webcam and hair-flipping test
that I thought had been deleted from its server long ago. Some other
day I'll try to play Arkasas Traveler and read the news at the
same time. Or something.
Lisa Williams added podcasting
to her meticulous topic headings some time ago, but (judging from the comments) has a hit on
her hands with her four minute video about podcasting
. Since telling
the story in sound and pictures is the point for discussion, I won't
summarize the package here. Go watch! (The original version requires Real Media
Player, but there was some talk about converting it to other formats. See her weblog for more info.)
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