For some reason, I was reading the most recent submissions to a mailing list devoted to music I subscribe to (I won't be any more specific than that), and found someone asking why a certain show wasn't available as a podcast.
Holy %$@^@#$, people are dumb. I ended up wondering ...
a) why even grace a manufacturing company by using their trade name as an actual english language word? ... and ...
b) why do you need braodcast material presented as a podcast anyways? Too lazy to do it yourself?
According to Wikipedia,
The editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary declared "podcasting" the 2005 word of the year, defining the term as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player".
Podcasting's essence is about creating content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen or watch when they want, where they want, and how they want.
You know, back in my day, when cassette tapes were in use and VHS was duking it out with beta for video recording, we could also create content that we could listen to when we wanted; I do that with the show in question when I bother listening to it (which is now rare, for aesthetic reasons that are no-one's damn business but my own) using either the audio in on the computer or a VHS tape (good stereo recording medium, capable of up to 6 hours of recording). No-one came up with any stupid terminology then ... I think it's possible that dumb buzzwords didn't catch on as well in pre-history, thankfully. Of course, the where you could listen/watch was a little more limited (no walkmans or portable camera/home theatres aka cell phones), but I debate the usefulness or desirability of portable music or video systems.
Oh, I know ... I'm not cool ... denying the march of technological progress and decrying the increased availability of the credit necessary to buy scads of consumer electronics ... but the last time I saw someone using one of these amazing "listen where you want to" technologies, it was on a little stupid teenage skateboarder who, because he COULDN'T HEAR MY CAR nearly broadsided his stupid little self into the driver's side door. Ears filled, brains off, eyes ahead. Good work, portable technology. Who needs the undead to spread zombie-ism when we willingly get to that state ourselves, buying technology that gives the illusion of expanding our access to information while actually making us all into "solipsistic" retards with no real connection to the world around us?
Invasion of the Body Snatchers was right to talk of "Pod People" ... obviously, they just got what type of evil pods were en route wrong.
Not only that, we come up with STUPID names for things WE ALREADY WERE DOING. Podcasting ... perhaps we can all charge Apple every time we use the word since we've actually been conned into advertising for them.
We're idiots. Here's some flowers.
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