MOST OF MY NEW STUDENTS HAVE NO IDEA they are carrying more authoring and distribution equipment with them than many third level Irish universities avail in their computer labs. With some of the newer smartphones, it's very simple to set up individual personalcast channels. Until I started listening to Audioboos, I didn't think it was so simple to share thoughts without typing them. Now I see ways to type ideas and embed an in-line player that allows people to see, hear and connect with personal messages better th an ever before. And it excites me to think we're going to ramp up to a new personalcasting level within a month, without fanfare and without burdening the Irish Exchequer. It won't be difficult to find mainstream commentators who will deride my creatives when they start this exciting new level of production.
I don't think the personalcasters I train want any sort of personal acknowledgement. But they would like to connect with like-minded creatives. If that happens, they will probably remain active in the pro-am part of the internet long after they finish their Honours degree at Tipperary Institute. Years ago, I wrote about "double derivative deliverables" through which newcomers to this space would "subordinate pride of authorship to higher tasks such as an analysis of consumer behaviour or the placement of a meme into the permanent record of the Internet."
Next week, we start contributing to a growing online conversation, using social audio that connects to friends without any sort of special intermediation. I'm excited, not knowing what sorts of original ideas will crest into a new dynamic with diverse readers and intent listeners waiting in the wings to build true friendships.
Previously on Irish Typepad: "Blogs mean personalcasting", 22 August 2003.