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Chapter 1. Podcasting Basics > A Brief History of Podcasting

A Brief History of Podcasting

How can I write a history of something that has been around less than 12 months? The answer to that question lies in the truism that just about nothing is created in a vacuum, and just as x-ray photography evolved from radiation tests, podcasting evolved from humbler beginnings. Podcasting's roots actually are planted in the world of blogs (Web logs). Therefore, we must look first at the origin of the blog. Indeed, to see the genesis of podcasting, we have to go back—way back—to the mist-shrouded days of the 1980s.

What is a blog? A blog, or Web log, is a World Wide Web page where content is added periodically and time- and date-stamped. These additions can be made by one or more people, including the general public. The content of a blog can range from diary entries to news items to opinions on world events. Today, some blogs contain links to podcasts—which isn't surprising, considering that the roots of podcasting are firmly planted in blog soil. As an aside, the Merriam-Webster dictionary announced that by virtue of the number of online lookups, the word blog received its “Word of the Year” award in 2004. (For some reason, the word defenestration made No. 10 on the list.)



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