Monday, January 02, 2006

Podcasting -- not only for men anymore

Click on the title of this post if you want to read an article that says that podcasts are listened to mostly by men. Further, this article indicates that men are the first to adopt all new technology, and then women start using it later. Though it does indicate that women are "adopting" the podcasting technology faster than we have adopted other, less cutting-edge technology.

Somehow I don't think the authors included microwave ovens and dustbusters in their definition of technology.

Anyway, all you women out there, go download a podcast. Don't know how? email me, I'll tell you how. Don't know where to find one you'd like? I can help with that, too.

What's great about this technology? Like email and chat rooms, it's another way to connect with people you share interests with, even if you are separated geographically. Because the audiences of most podcasts start off relatively small, there is the ability for real interaction between those who produce the podcast and those who listen. But beyond that, it's just really nice to be able to choose when you want to listen to something and not be bound by a radio station's schedule. Not only that, but if you get interrupted in the middle, you can pause it, or even rewind it. You can't do that with radio. Several popular national Christian radio shows offer their programs as podcasts, and there are many other less-well-known shows that are available only by internet.

Don't have an mp3 player? They're not that expensive, you don't have to get an iPod. But if you don't have one, you can listen on your computer, though it's not as portable as an mp3 player. There are also devices whereby you can get your mp3 player to play over your car's radio or cassette player.

If you want to know about anything I've mentioned, just go ahead and post a comment, or send me an email.

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