Lecture Notes for Tuesday, 10/31

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What is podcasting? [1]

One of most misunderstood phrases, because people think you need to have an ipod to listen.

Audio or video on a webpage that has a web feed.

Different from static html page with audio/video piece on the site.

The feed is the key.

Feed allows you to subscribe to the audio or video on the website

The critical distinction is “push” vs. “pull”. Podcasting automatically feeds or “pushes” new audio/video files into your system (like I-Tunes) rather than requiring you to search for these files and download (“push”) them on your own.


Mary Weld makes her argument in the form of a podcast for towing cars that are in violation of Cambridge parking codes.

Joel Schellhamer recorded a podcast on the wind energy industry in Martha's Vineyard.

Aaron Sokoloff recorded a podcast about his idea for creating a website for sports commentary that would replace ESPN insider.

Alex Lee recorded a podcast advocating for the creation of a distinction between smuggling and trafficking people.

The deadline for the class creating and uploading individual podcasts is next Monday