Why I don’t like podcasts

Podcasts initially seem like a great idea. But there are problems with them:

  • The speed at which you listen is limited to the speed at which people talk. I’m a very fast reader, and I do a lot of skimming. When I’m stuck at the pace at which people speak, not only do I get bored easily, but I also waste time.
  • Skimming, or skipping intelligently, is nearly impossible. With sound only, it just doesn’t work. If you’ve got video as well, you can at least provide captions or some sort of text on the screen to let people know generally what’s going on. Also, if you’re able to somehow index the sound and have a player that understands the indexing, that helps.

That’s my final thought before heading off to vacation.