(Just a note: podcast.net seems to be gone? At least, I cannot find it.)
Frankly, I’ve never felt their appeal, though I can certainly understand it — then again, I’ve never listened much to radios, either. Text > sound! *g*
As mentioned above, podcast.net appears to have vanished (was it supposed to be podcast.com?), podcastalley.com’s featured podcasts all seem to be erotica (also, there is a typo on the front page), while podcasts.yahoo.com leads to a File Not Found page.
I did find a podcast on umm World of Warcraft gold farming and how omg laborious it is! One-track mind, sorry. I must say it is rather tempting, cough, especially since some of the Chinese gold farmers are actually making more money than teachers.
But yes, podcasts. For some reason, they never really caught on in the corner of the virtual world I inhabit, possibly since we now have
Why just listen to sound when you can have images and sound? Now everybody has a chance at their five minutes of fame, even if it is just literally five minutes.
I remember when the Paul Potts audition video started making the rounds among my friends; I’d never even heard of Britain’s Got Talent before, and I definitely wouldn’t have watched the show on TV even if others had recommended it to me. But it’s easy and quick to click on a link, so I found myself watching the video, and was touched by it as so many others before me had been. That’s just one example out of many. I was linked to the Free Hugs video when going through a fairly difficult time in my life, and it made things just a little bit better for a while.
The signal to noise ratio is very low, as it generally is in the Web 2.0 era, but there are always those gems that make it worthwhile.
I once downloaded a bunch of audiobooks with the intention of listening to them each night as I fell asleep, as an attempt to improve my writing, in hopes that the ‘feel’ of the flow of words would take root in my subconscious brain, I guess.
The experiment failed abysmally. For one thing, it’s odd to listen to one person doing all the voices of the different people, although I suppose that is how people tell stories all the time. It’s just different when it’s in my head, you know? And it throws me out of the story. For another, you can’t tell the audiobook ‘Wait, stop, I didn’t get that part, can you go back a bit?’ if you missed a vital piece of information — you can rewind it, which already feels like a bit more trouble than it’s worth, but what if you have only a vague idea where the information could be? Reading is just so much easier for those who have the option.