Human Behaviors with Podcasts

Human Behaviors with Podcasts

Simon B. Heilesen (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch015
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Podcasts, i.e. digital media files (audio and video) distributed over the Internet, have become particularly popular since the introduction of podcasting in 2004. Podcasts are bringing changes to patterns of media production and consumption, and indeed to the way Internet users communicate. Many podcasts repurpose content, in some cases adding a play-on-demand dimension to broadcast media. But most podcast productions introduce original content on a myriad of subjects. The most widespread uses of podcasts, however, are within education, professional communication, and individual self-expression. Podcasts are normally dealt with in the context of established research disciplines such as media studies, social studies, and educational studies. Schools have yet to develop in the research on podcasts. But it is possible to identify a number of directions and issues within the disciplines where podcasts are having notable impacts.
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Up to 2010, podcasting has been around for just seven years. This is too short a period for a research tradition to develop. Broadly speaking, literature in the first couple of years focused much on the potentials of the new technology. After the middle of the 2000s, there have been many studies reporting on – generally short term – experiments with actual use (e.g. in the field of education, see examples below).Only in the last couple of years research has started considering podcasts in the broader context of media. In general, leading researchers in this area include Richard Berry (2006), Jean Burgess & Joshua Green (2009), Patricia G. Lange (2008), Roy Pea (2006).

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