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Friday, February 10, 2006

Differences between podcasting and radio or TV

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Differences between podcasting and radio or TV

I am trying to sum up the main differences between podcasting, radio and TV

1. a podcast has very low production costs
Podcasters just need their PC microphone, or a cheap digital recorder. For video a phone such as the Nokia n70 or n90 are perfect.

2. a podcast can last as long as we want
Mainstream media (MSM) have limited "on-air" time and have to cut most of the interviews. The only limit to podcasts duration is... becoming boring.

3. a podcast has no audience constraints
A podcast can be created to talk to a few friends or niches such as wine, sports not usually covered by MSM.

4. you don't need to listen to a podcast at a given time
No need anymore to be at a given time to listen to your favorite show. You may download and listen to a podcast when you like.

5. a podcast is available anywhere
There are no transmitters and no satellites with limited coverage areas, so podcasters are often surprised as people listen to them from anywhere on the planet. Language is the limit.

6. Content is much more rich and diverse than MSM
Same as blogs, the long tail of podcasts will show both great content and average or niche podcasts but the most important is hundreds of thousands of sources available.

7. Interactivity. The podcaster is a click away.
With text comments if the podcast is blog based or better, with audio comments and unlike TV & radio stars, people can interact and easily reach the podcaster.

8. Transparency
With the comments received, suggestions and criticism reach the podcaster who gets corrected if he says something wrong but also what he says his enhanced by his auditors.

Which other ones do you see ?

5 comments:

Haitham said...

I think I should start podcasting soon :-)

arabblogandpoliticalcommunicationproject said...

It will be great

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Children with ADHD

There is a perplexing state of affairs in today's society, there lies a strong correlation between the affluence of a society and the amount of disease that is present. There is also another correlation that troubles many a people and that is with affluence comes disease at an Earlier age.

Working with children and the parents of these children I often get asked the question, 'Why are Children with ADHD on the increase?'

The answer as you shall find is one that is both interesting and challenging.

Children of today are really no more different from the children of yesterday in terms of genetic makeup. However, if you examine the issue more closely you will tend to find that many children today have been given labels. For example, 'Oh, those are children with ADHD' or 'Those are the children who can't sit still.' Or 'That is the kid that always gets into trouble.'

These labels are not only destructive but also become a self fulfilling prophecy as it is repeated adnauseum.

So as a 21st century parent or a parent with a child with ADHD or a parent with children with ADHD, what knowledge framework do you need to equip yourself with to ensure your children live out their true potential?

Here is a quick reference list for thinking about ADHD
� ADHD is a source of great frustration because it is misunderstood
� ADHD medications are a great short term time buying device and should be avoided long term
� The above point goes for any sort of drug consumption. Think about it for a minute. Unless you have a biochemical deficiency in your body like Type 1 diabetes where your body fails to produce enough insulin or any at all, why would you take an external drug? A body that is in balance is totally healthy. It is only when the body is out of balance that dis-ease symptoms start to creep up.
� ADHD is a biochemical imbalance of the mind and body.
� The Head of Psychiatry in Harvard states that drugs for ADHD simply mask the effects of ADHD. It does not cure ADHD. This is an important point because a cure implies never to have to take the medication. This means that once you start on medication you will have to be on it for the rest of your life i.e. you have medically acquired a dependency for a biochemical imbalance. That is like stuffing all your rubbish (problematic behaviors) into a closet (medication) where no one can see it. But if you continue to stuff more rubbish into that closet, one day you will not have enough space and need to do one of two things. You either empty the rubbish (the natural conclusion) or you get a bigger closet (i.e. change to stronger medication to control the symptoms). The choice is obvious but sometimes when you don't have the necessary tools to deal with ADHD you tend to think the bigger closet is the only option.
� ADHD children are super sensitive to the emotions around them. Often they pick up emotional cues from their parents without realizing. Many parents come home frustrated or annoyed from work, the child with ADHD picks this up and starts to 'cause trouble' by becoming restless. Parents frustration increase because they just want some peace and quiet. They get angry which in turn is picked up by the child who then intensifies their activity. Things get way out of hand and some sort of punishment is handed down to the child who has no idea what just happened. The cycle repeats itself every so often.
� Our brains are wired emotionally. Positive praise is interpreted as an analytical/thinking exercise. Negative criticism including scolding, name calling, physical punishment all go directly to the emotional brain of children with ADHD. This means in order to ensure you get your message across in the most optimal way, you need to learn how to communicate with your ADHD children the way they like to be communicated with.
� Every negative comment requires 16 positive comments to neutralize the emotion. Save yourself the frustration and agitation by practicing positive communication.

The list is by no means complete. In dealing with children with ADHD there are a certain set of behavioural principles to follow. I will detail these steps in the coming weeks. I'll also build on the list as you continue to learn about what appears to be a mystical disorder known as 'Children with ADHD'

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