Monday, November 28, 2005

Radio: 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated'

Websites, MP3, blogs and podcasts - new media drawing everyone's attention. Cyberspace is the future, aether the past.

How relative all of this is, was shown last weekend when the Dutch Radio 2 Top 2000 poll closed. People were asked to vote for their favourite track, 2,000 of which will be aired in a marathon broadcast from 26 to 31 December. More than one million people, or 1 in 16 Dutchmen, cast their vote (article in Dutch). I have yet to see a website, let alone a podcast, that can mobilize so vast a crowd.

New media don't replace old media. They just join them.

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