Coming to my senses, but only the ones I choose

This afternoon, news was breaking.  Big news.  Gordon Brown had allegedly signalled his upcoming resignation as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party.

I was on the move.  I had left my client’s offices and was ready to a board a London-bound train.  I had an intermittent 3G signal.

My main source of news was Twitter, which was flooded with tweets on the very subject, as you might imagine.  I looked for more official news reporting by going to the iPhone TVCatchup web offering to stream BBC News.

I was looking for something more dynamic than textual news, but my bandwidth was insufficient for TV streaming to be any better than frustrating, tiny snippets interrupted by lengthy pauses, often broken entirely as the 3G connection disappeared as we wended our way through Essex stations.

I was after audio.  I wanted to hear the reporting and discussion that was taking place on BBC News without my connection grinding to a halt as a result of fat video content.

I’ve often thought that there are certain circumstances in which it would be great if such audio streams were available.  Soap fans could listen to EastEnders in the car on the way home from work.  And I could have had a rewarding experience listening to the news.  Maybe that’s what radio is for, but the technologists seem to have been better at making video content available than audio content.

I’d like to be able to choose a channel and choose which senses to satisfy.  Is that too much to ask?


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