Podcasting: a technology, not a toy
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It was with much interest that we read the recent paper by Zanussi et al. (2011). We believe that the authors are incorrect in their characterization of podcasting as a toy.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “toy” as:
an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.
an object, especially a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult.
Podcasting is not a toy; rather, it is simply a technology that allows for the distribution of information over the internet. Zanussi et al. seem to confuse the message with the medium, forgetting that the same powerful mobile computing technology which can be used for amusement can also be used for more serious purposes. In characterizing podcasting as a “toy”, the authors are at risk of overlooking the power of this new technology; similar objections were voiced to the introduction of other information-dissemination technologies such as radio, television and indeed the...
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