Category: New Media Observations
A unique characteristic of podcasting is the fact that it is speech-based radio and, in Canada, just like in the U.K., we have a culture of expecting high quality speech-based radio as a result of the CBC.
Podcasting is essentially citizen media created by those who are closest to the story. And podcasting is truly about convenience. These days, people simply do not have the time or the ability to listen to things they want to listen to in "real time". As such, we as service providers have to react and perform to this reality.
In our view, podcasting is not just another fad or interesting technology blip. Rather, it’s the wave of the future. Paired with the ipod, podcasts are informative, intimate and convenient. And because they are portable, they are conducive to complete and total communication.
And the great thing about podcasts is the fact that, while your audience is expecting to hear great content, it is not necessarily expecting great production.
The listeners who are the most affected and the ones whom you have "won" are the ones who download your podcast and essentially "take you with them". The only way you will get them to take you along, however, is to make it simple, easy and convenient – without compromising on the high quality content. We need to teach people how to "consume" podcasts to make sure that they can download and walk away with the technology in hand.
All the best, Suzana and Ian. ——–
I was reminded by the Globe and Mail May 18, 2006 article on the VoIP software "Skype" that this is a technology boom that not everyone has become aware of.
The first question to ask is what is VoIP? It is essentially using the Internet to conduct phone calls. It is known as "Voice over Internet Protocol" (VoIP). It is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line. Some services using VoIP may only allow you to call other people using the same service, but others may allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number – including local, long distance, mobile and international numbers. Also, while some services only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone, other services allow you to use a traditional phone through an adaptor.
Skype is a leader in this technology. Just how big is Skype? It has over 100 million registrants. It is clearly a part of the technology boom that is on a very fast track. We use the Skype software everyday and, generally speaking, it is very affordable and effective. The Skype technology has advanced to the stage that you can call from a Skype line to a regular phone line.
Those who are not keeping up with the technology are bound to be left behind!
In our ongoing effort to keep you up-to-date on our Podcasts, we have the following summaries: Hull on Estates Podcast – Summary Episode No. 4 During our 4th podcast on "Hull on Estates" – for April 18, 2006 – we discussed the following legal issues:
- the International Will;
- revocation of a will by marriage;
- the concept of lapse;
- the concept of abatement; and
- the rule in Saunders v. Vautier.
The lead article on the Law page in the Globe and Mail yesterday was all about the various uses and success stories in the world of Podcasting. The article highlighted the efforts on the part of Torys LLP to use Podcasts and video Podcasts as an important client service and marketing tool.
As an aside, there is also an interesting debate going on in Podcast circles about the use of video Podcasting. The Globe article helps highlight the difference between the two mediums. There is an excellent Podcast on the difference between video and non-video Podcasts on Ultimate Podcasting . The discussion centres around the fact that non-video Podcasts are arguably going to be the central Podcasting medium because they allow the listener to multi-task, while the video Podcasts require more direct attention. During the Podcast the interviewer points us to an excellent article in the March 27, 2006 edition of Time Magazine entitled The Multitasking Generation .In the Time Magazine Article they point out the growing trend of the ability of kids and adults to multi-task.
The battle between video and non-video Podcasting will no doubt rage on; however, our vote stays with non-video Podcasting for now. We want our listeners to be able to fold the laundry while listening. Both tasks need to be done and both can be properly done at the same time. The perfect multi-task!
I was thinking about this whole social media scene in the area of Estate podcasting and I have to admit that I was dragged into the second stage of blogging, kicking and screaming.
My law partner and co-host of our two Podcasts, Suzana Popovic-Montag, suggested to me a couple of months ago that while she liked the idea of Podcasts she thought we should do 2 per week. One focused on the lawyers who we work with in the estates area and one for lawyers and people generally interested in estate planning issues.
Out of her idea sprang our Podcasts and we just launched our 8th of the series. While our 16th Podcast is certainly better than the first one, we are both working on our skills as interviewers and as information delivery people.
I am struck by the ever-growing and almost always useful legal Podcasts that are available on line and I commend them to you. A key word search in itunes or any of the podcast resources brings up many choices. "Coast to Coast" is one of the leading US Legal Podcasts and if you are interested in learning about podcasting generally, I suggest "Podcast 411" .
Episode 8 of our "Hull on Estates" Podcast was released this morning and we continued with our current intensive legal analysis of the important concept of Testamentary Capacity. We are going to spend a considerable amount of time on this legal issue and we are confident that it will prove to be a useful summary of the topic. While this area of the law is ever-changing, we think our Podcast series will be a helpful resource for lawyers and we encourage our listeners to go back over these Podcasts to assist them in understanding the various aspects of the topic.
Suzana and I are certainly learning a great deal about this area of the law in the course of reviewing it for our Podcasts. In this Podcast, we tackled the concept of suspicious circumstances. We broke down testamentary capacity a bit further, beyond insane delusions. We also looked at capacity as opposed to the idea of knowledge and approval. Suzana talked about the test and reminded us that the onus is on those who propound the will to prove it is a valid will.
However, where you have suspicious circumstances, the propounder of the will needs to lead evidence to deal with this allegation. The Supreme Court of Canada Case in Vout v. Hay is the leading case on this topic. While we touched on the concept of undue influence we just talked about the overlap with suspicious circumstances. We intend to really work through undue influence in future Podcasts.