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OtF Audio

A surprising number of people told me, after hearing my interview on Neofiles a couple of weeks ago, that I should give podcasting a try.

Consider this a try.

I recorded a spoken version of my first Futurismic column, "Futurism Without Gadgets." It's in MP3 format, and runs a few seconds over five minutes. There's no fancy opening and closing music, and I don't know when I'll do another one. Still, if you want to hear my voice again, here's your chance.

Open the Future Podcast #1: Futurism Without Gadgets

Let me know what you think.


In the interest of representing readers, let say that I think audio and video are generally annoying. I respect the immediacy and power of audio and video media, but I'd much prefer to read everything I want to know about. There are tons of reasons for this, from the ability to index and search content to the fact that audio/video take up way too much space.

So go hard with podcasting. Just as long as it doesn't substitute for the written word, we'll be happy.

Don't worry -- I prefer the written word over the spoken word myself. I do not intend to produce podcasts without equivalent written versions.

Just to give the opposite opinion: my job often gives me the opportunity to listen to audio, while working, but ties up my visual attention. As a result, audio makes it vastly easier to get at the vast majority of future and big-picture oriented work I'd like to pay attention to. For example, I became familiar with your work from ITConversations.

Jeremy has been experimenting with podcasting the fiction at Futurismic already; he might well be game for doing the same with the columns. Shall I drop him a line?

I'm not sure I'm ready to unleash my sullen British mumble on the blogosphere quite yet, though!

Excellent podcast! Made me think about new things. I'd like to mention: sometimes technology does not embody the social values of those that created it, becuase the innovation driving the creation of the technology is based on market forces (demand) rather than social value.


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