Podcast by Phone

I just discovered SlapCast linked from Dave Winer’s blog scripting.com. It’s similar to other services that record your phone call and email or send you a URL where you can pick up an audio file. (ex. k7.net, audblog.com) SlapCast goes one further and Podcasts the mp3 you record, OR UPLOAD. Blam! You have a totally mobile podcast. Nice to see services show up that are this innovative and make it crazy simple to share your own audio. This method, or one like it, is the audio grassroots journalism of the people! Now if we can just get a super cheap and or free version for non-profits and other advocacy campaigns. How about a package price for organizations where they can pay for a whole year of unlimited calls? This way anytime a activist has something to say they can just call up the number & give the world a piece of their mind!

Podcasting for Advocacy

How can we use new methods of sharing audio files online to support advocacy for progressive causes? HERE is the Citizen Journalism Tech Kit 001 I wrote in January of this year. It covers a basic and simple method of writing a story, recording it using any telephone, and posting the audio on the Internet. (aka Audio Blogging, Podcasting, etc.) Marty Kearns, Marnie Webb, Andy Carvin, and the folks at campaignaudit.org have been discussing this. Campaignaudit.org has also written a Political Podcaster’s Manual too. Please click on the links on these folks names to read there great ideas for Podcasting & Advocacy.

Literacy in the 21st Century

After seeing the flash movie called EPIC , David Warlick says,
“In order to imprint the point that literacy, in the 21st century, is far richer than merely being able to decode the text in front of you. It means being able to:
* located appropriate information,
* extract meaning,
* critically evaluate the information in terms of your goals and environment, and
* being able to logically organize the information into valuable personal digital libraries. ”
Those four points are my new mantra. See this post for more info about EPIC.