“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
–-Richard P. Feynman
The above quote, by one of the most influential physicists in American history, cuts to the core danger of CME through podcasts. In the worst case, a listener in solitude hears a persuasive speaker give a talk on a subject, takes a podcast as complete truth, then with a false sense of understanding harms a patient.
Before appearing to be overly criticical of podcasting, which is a revolutionary way of disseminating information, I’ll speak to the history and benefits. Podcasting began as a home-brewed form of audio distribution in 2000, when music downloads via file-sharing networks were skyrocketing. Then Apple integrated podcasts into iTunes, and the medium morphed into a standardized means of distribution and subscription. Over the past 10 years, podcasts on all subjects have emerged as a way to distribute audio and video inexpensively and automatically through the Internet.