Before we dive into a lengthy explanation of podcasts and their future, let’s take a look at the word “podcast’ itself. It was first mentioned in a 2004 Guardian newspaper article by Ben Hammersley. The “pod” of the podcast is borrowed from Apple’s iPod; the “cast” is taken from the term Radio broadcast. To clarify, however, you can listen to a podcast in any digital media player.
In its most simple form, a podcast is the internet’s version of a talk radio show. The added perk is that you can listen to a podcast in your own time rather than having to tune in at a particular time.
It is a series of ‘episodes’ that are stored in the form of an audio file on your laptop or smartphone. Like every TV or Radio show, podcasts generally centre around a particular theme such as politics, sports, entertainment, technology, horror, gaming, etc. Each episode within a podcast usually revolves around a subject within a topic.
For example, Exponential View is one of the best tech podcasts that focused on sharing insights about the future of technology and the tech industry — hosted by Azeem Azhar’s who is a former tech entrepreneur and journalist. The show usually talks about exponential technologies like AI, political economy, and society.
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On the other side of the spectrum, there is How Did This Get Made? That pokes fun at hilariously bad movies. Each episode focuses on one movie where hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas and their friends watch and comment on awful films.
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