Friday, July 07, 2006

Blogging & Podcasting

Food unites the world and so does the internet. Today, there are incredible tools available to communicate and one of our favorite ones is blogging. Some of you who are visiting for the first time, may want to learn more about the world of blogs. To begin with, Wikipedia defines a weblog, which is usually shortened to blog, as a website where regular entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and presented in reverse chronological order. Blogs often offer commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although many focus on photographs, videos or audio. The word blog can also be used as a verb, meaning adding an entry to a blog.

Another great tool that is becoming more and more popular is the podcast, an audio file that you can either download to your computer or hear online. According to Wikipedia , Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either the RSS or Atom syndication formats, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. Podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their files; a podcast however is distinguished by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading RSS or Atom feeds. Usually a podcast features one type of 'show', with new episodes released either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily or weekly. In addition, there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed. You can learn by clicking here

So, to show you what´s a podcast like, I chose E-Gullet Society Executive Director Steven Shaw´s interview with IACP Board member Darra Goldstein on the Feeding Desire Exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum In New York. Please click on the image to start enjoying.

by Elena Hernandez
International Committee Chair

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