Saturday, 22 September 2007

I don't watch TV

Seriously. I find it intrusive and time consuming. I tend to put aside some time to watch my favourite shows on DVD and of course I'll sit and watch movies on DVD, but that's not what I want to talk about.

There appears to be a growing trend of people publishing podcasts and online videos with regards to technical articles and interviews. While I'm working I haven't got time to watch a video and I can't listen to someone rambling on about something when I'm trying to concentrate on what I'm doing.

I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of good stuff, but I much prefer text and pictures on a web page. I can scan read and the pictures, if appropriate, will aid my understanding of what I have scan read. If I pick up on something that requires more attention I bookmark it and come back to it later when I can read it in detail. I can quickly access the importance and relevance of a document while I'm working, without it interupting me too much.

Videos and podcasts don't allow for that kind of interaction. They are also not searchable by search engines.

I feel as though the technical community is taking a step backwards from what the internet is supposed to be. For me the internet is a fantastic place to find information in a randomly accessible way. At least consider posting a transcript of your video or podcast somewhere accessible. Thanks!


dutyofficer said...

I agree Chris. But then, I feel the same way about a well written book. The internet is fine for techie, changeable stuff; but for information that does not change (i.e. gardening or blacksmithing) a book is much better than either a webpage or a (how I hate this word) podcast.

Pete said...

I agree to a certain extent, I can't ever be bothered to listen to podcasts - who knows when the interesting bits are coming?

There a lot to be said for video demonstrations though, for example it's quite easy for people to make mistakes when typing code into their articles, but if it's on a video they have to have got it right!

Nothing really beats a good bit of text which you can instantly go "that's what I was looking for" to.

Oh yeah, I also dislike watching TV and the strange thing is we're getting Sky+ next week...