I sometimes have a hard time talking about technologies I don’t know much about. I can see things like cell phones in a professional context — library policy, kids IM on them, they’re good for updates — as well as in a personal context — I don’t have one, I can’t get service at my house, if I really wanted one, I would have one. I feel this way about podcasts as I’ve said before. I don’t listen much to radio shows, sometimes I feel like the only person of my political persuasion who isn’t an NPR junkie, so podcasting doesn’t appeal. On the other hand, the whole idea of personally created content appeals to me much the same way that zines do. How great is it to be able to produce your own radio show and immediately be able to distribute it internationally? Seems sort of great. With that in mind, I point you to InfoSpeak created by the tech-positive smarties at the University of Washington iSchool (yes I went there, no it wasn’t anything like this when I was there). It’s “student-produced serial media” which, yes, is a podcast, but if you don’t get the whole podcast blah blah blah, you can also just listen to it online, simple. First episode, one of my favorite talkers Joe Janes, iSchool prof and Google pundit talking about how Google is changing the way we work, among other things. Check out the links next to the description, that’s what I’d like to see from more podcasters. Happy inaugural podcast, iSchool! [thanks carolyn]
Digital Odyssey Blog
This blog has some nice write-ups of talks given at the Digital Odyssey one-day conference in Toronto this past Friday. Joe Janes gave the keynote “Extending Service to the Increasingly Digital User” which was blogged by two separate people: here and here. This highlights one of the things I like best about the blogosphere generally. By reading what two different people thought was important and/or relevant about Janes’ talk, I get a better overview of the talk than by just reading one account. I hope the increase in conference blogging we’ve been seeing allows for this sort of overlap on important speeches/talks/programs.