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NYPD Releases Podcast

Just recently the New York City Police Department released a podcast on their web site.

But Law & Order it is not. According to Online Media Daily’s George Simpson, listeners found pretty routine and boring traffic updates, advisories and general news about the department.

The release of this podcast has brought forth the question, is it really necessary?

Jonathan Spira, chief analyst at Basex, an IT research firm commented, “There are certain types of information which tend to lend themselves to formats such as podcasting. Safety tips and information about alerts of various kinds, including hurricanes and terrorists, do not come to mind for this medium.”

And Simpson throws in his two cents, saying: “It seems we have returned to the glory days of yesteryear, when folks were hellbent on rushing into new technology without really pausing to wonder if the use of that technology makes any sense at all. “

In short, a few experts say podcasts do need to serve a real a purpose and be meaningful to the audience who subscribes to them. Without that, the podcast is just a waste of time.

–Juliana

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