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January 28, 2010

Wikipedia:

“This process can be automated so that new files are downloaded automatically. Files are stored locally on the user’s computer or other device ready for offline use, giving simple and convenient access to episodic content.” (“Podcasting”, 2009) This quote was pulled from a wikipedia article dealing with the technology behind podcasting.  The infromation came from an organisation called the President and Fellows of Harvard.  When looking at this site it is unclear who the original author is therefore the person can not be identified.  The infromation shows that the author knows about the basic science and uses of podcasts and the infromation can be confirmed on other sites.  the infromation on wikipedia seems incomplete, and to be missing certain important points.  The rest of the article lacks citation as well.

News Website:

“As we’ve mentioned in the past, podcasting is new enough that the law, and lawyers, haven’t caught up with it yet. Broadcast has laws and agreements that govern the use of copyright materials, podcasting doesn’t- yet. And our episodes tend to be loaded with copyright elements.” (M. Tennant,  2010) The article was posted by Mike Tennant who is the producer of CBC Radio. The author though does not hold any authority in the subject and but deminstrates that he knows how Podcast copyrighting works. This information is similar to other articles stating that with the new podcast technology, the copyright industry had to adapt to the new change but wasn’t doing it quick enough. The information seems to be coming from one perspective but doesn’t seems be bias in their opinion. There is advertising on the website but they are for the website themselves and not an external link forcing products.

Educational Website:

“Podcasting is primarily an audio delivery technology and, as such, has limited usefulness for the hearing impaired. Podcasting is not designed for two-way interaction or audience participation.” (Educause, 2005) It is not clear who the author is. The website is an educational website. “EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.” It is not clear if the author is authority on the topic. The information found in this site does confirm information found elsewhere because the article is very basic. There are no footnotes or references included. The information is from 5 years ago. The article mentions basic facts about podcasting: who, what, where, why. The article is based mostly on facts rather than opinion and is made to inform people about podcasting. No advertising on the page aside from the name of the website itself.

Academic Journal:

Out of the students surveyed, only 72% reported they owned a portable device that could play mp3 files (Walls et al., 2007). It is clear who the authors are. The authors are either from the Department of Educational Psychology in the University of Texas at Austin, or from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Texas University. It seems that the authors are authorities on the topic because they are instructors, or work with them. I think it demonstrates the author’s expertise. The results are quite unexpected and it is questionable how large a representative sample they chose. Although it was received in April 2009, the results seem outdated. It only offers one perspective. I think it presents more facts than opinion considering it was a research paper. There is no advertising on the page. The article history shows that it was first received in April 2009, then received again in a revised form on 15 August 2009, and finally accepted on 17 August 2009.

Corporate Website:

According to an Apple Inc. (2010) article, the iTunes Store makes many costless podcasts available to users. There are various ways to locate podcasts including searches by topic and reputation and they are always available to everyone. The article was clearly published by the corporation Apple Inc. (although we cannot know the specific in-house creator). As the distributors of podcasts through their free application iTunes, Apple can be considered an authority on the subject of podcast distribution. Through practical use of iTunes and experience with podcasts, one can confirm all of the information given in the article. There are no sources or references provided however the information is current. The site fails to acknowledge any other forms of independent podcast distribution that deviate from the traditional iTunes method. Apple presents facts rather than opinions on the topic. The purpose of this article is to help users and people interested in podcasts by giving them information. As this is a corporate site, there are many advertisements and promotions of Apple products. Before publication this article was approved by Apple’s corporate identity but paced no peer-review or external judgment.

References

Apple Inc. (2010). Tips for Podcast Fans. Retrived from http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/

M. Tennant. (2010).  Podcasting: what’s ‘holding up the delay’?. Retrieved on January 28, 2010 from http://www.cbc.ca/ageofpersuasion/index.html?copy-podcast

Walls, S. M., Kucsera, J. V., Walker, J. D., Acee, T. W., McVaugh, N. K., Robinson, D. H. (2009) Podcasting in education: Are students as ready and eager as we think they are? Computers and Education, 54(2), 371-378. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.08.018

7 things you should know about podcasting (2005). Educause. Retrieved January 28, 2010 from educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7003.pdf

Podcast. (2009, August 21). In Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast.

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