Why is audio embedded in text a good idea?

April 14, 2016

Making the most recent Pick of the Podcasts was a deeply frustrating experience, but I'm not here to moan. At least, not about that. Maybe another time.

One lead appeared to be an extract from an article about pigments. It sounded promising enough to set me off in search of the whole thing, and after a lot of footling around, I eventually found the original audio on SoundCloud. Frustratingly, it was one of a playlist of clips, of "Sound files included in Harvard Gazette stories". But no link from each clip to its story. I'm OK at internet search, so I did eventually run the story down (A wall of color, a window to the past, well worth a read), and it was just as the playlist had promised. There were clips, tucked between paragraphs. No podcast. Just clips.

Why? To prove that the person who wrote the story actually spoke to the source? To give butterfly minds something to alight on? I'm at a loss.

Judging from the playlist, this is something the Harvard Gazette does fairly often. Maybe other places do it too. And then, while I was still puzzling out the purpose, along comes SoundCite, "a simple-to-use tool that lets you add inline audio to your story. The audio is not isolated; it plays right under the text you choose."

And again, why? Some of the friends I discussed it with think it is a good idea and one that will enhance reading online. I remain unconvinced. So go ahead. Convince me.

By Jeremy

Pick of the Podcasts 007

April 11, 2016

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Pick of the Podcasts 007

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Overcoming the Matthew Effect

March 29, 2016

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath.

The main reason I make Pick of the Podcasts is to help other people (and myself) to find something new to listen to. Most of the best-of lists and recommendations seem to me to feature the same old regulars we know and love. That's not to say that some of them aren't worth listening to. But there is so much more out there.

Obviously, in search of stuff to recommend, I subscribe to other people's recommendations, and very good some of them are. (I'm looking at you, Dana Gerber-Margie.) So when I saw that audiosear.ch had launched a one a day newsletter with a single episode selected from their vast audio archive to recommend, I was all for that.

Alas, it is comprehensively useless.

You can listen to the episode on audiosear.ch's lacklustre streaming, scrolling app, or you can find a link to the episode on iTunes. Terrific. The only upside to listening to the stream is that you get to hoot at the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time transcript.

There's no download link from the audio -- not even from the original site, which would be the right thing to do -- and no easy way to find the original in case, like me, you might want to listen to it some other way.

I think this is the first time I have unsubscribed from a newsletter less than 24 hours after signing up.

The Matthew Effect

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Pick of the Podcasts 006

March 28, 2016

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Podcasts nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, aka burying some shameless self-promotion.

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