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Jamillah Knowles | 14:30 UK time, Thursday, 11 August 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week we're going looooong!

In an online environment that is about short clips, grazing and scanning, where can we kick back and take our time over something a little longer? On the podcast, you will find tips and ideas about longer formats for writing, audio, video and art. It's been a pleasure to take my time and indulge a little for a change.




First up I chatted with Mark Armstrong, the founder of Longreads about why it is important to write in long form online. Now that we have tablets and readers, should all writing online be so short and choppy?





The art of podcasting has been around a very long time and is still a popular method of exchanging ideas and information. But does it stand up to longer formats? I chatted with Richard Farrar who is a podcaster and explored the optimum length for podcasting on his blog.




From audio to video, online streaming and faster downloads have made long form video a popular choice online. In some ways it may be replacing the trip to a physical shop in order to borrow a film. When is the last time you went to your local video and DVD store? Or do you now subscribe to movies online? Christophor Rick is the Associate Editor at ReelSEO, an online news and information resource. We chatted about watching video online.




And from video to art,and how mobiles can help us spend a little more time with new creations. The Siggraph event is taking place in Vancouver, Canada and there's a bit more interactivity built into the presentation of works in the art gallery this year. Mona Kasra is the Art Gallery Chair for Siggraph 2011 and she pushed the idea of linking works of art to podcasts via QR, so naturally I had to ask her to explain what Siggraph is and how this came to happen.

It's been fun checking out the places where the hectic glance over content is not the norm. If you are up to something online or would like to point us toward a site you'd like to learn more about, then please do drop a line.

Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk is the email address for longer messages, Twitter of course for short shouts - look for @BBC_Outriders and you can always check our Facebook page in between by searching for Outriders.




Until next week!

~ Jamillah


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