Re: The future of tech comm: podcasting? -- YES!

Subject: Re: The future of tech comm: podcasting? -- YES!
From: arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 15:27:20 -0400

Interesting point. However, this is under the assumptions that the vast majority of poeple are visual and that reading is the best way to convey information to them. Other variations on communication theories emphasize multiple methods including audio and tactile.

We haven't gotten to the touchy-feely, but perhaps the sound of information is here?

Thinking aloud,


-----Original Message-----
Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axion -dot- net> said:

Reaching way back into basic communication theory about the differences
between digital and analog communication, I wonder whether podcasting
documentation is such a good idea.

The standard theory goes like this: digital communication, such as
reading, is good for delivering information that is dense, focused, and
requires concentration. Analog communication, such as radio or movies is
good for delivering overviews that cover the breadth of a topic and does
not require close attention.

If that holds true, then podcasting might be good for general
introductions or quick start guides. With more technical information or
complicated procedures, it might not work as well as text.


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