Radio on internet in Portugal: open up to participation in a changing environment

“The purpose of this study is to observe Portuguese internet radio stations and to access the use they make of interactive technologies, which broaden new reforming perspectives. Thus, we have tried to identify the main menaces to traditional radio activities, now that internet is a serious competitor by allowing users to have quick news access, to download music and to easily get podcasts into their portable players. We have also made an effort to identify the wide opportunities raised by this digital environment. We have also brought to discussion Berthold Brecht’s Radio Theory, in which he dreamt of a free, democratic, participatory medium. By getting online a bidirectional communication capacity, thus straightforwarding Iisteners’ interventions, radio stations, more than ever, attain characteristics that ease up citizenship. Consequently, the starting question to this investigation is: does internet radio respond to social aspirations for actual citizenship? We conducted a methodological process which has lead to the c1assification of the portuguese radio stations, using two sorts of aggregator criteria: technological promptness and openness to interaction. Our theoretical hypotheses were: – Portuguese online radio stations have an average levei of technical promptness; – Portuguese online radio stations do not offer their users an opened to citizenship mode!. By having confirmed both hypotheses we have stated out the unreadiness of those stations to incorporate fully appropriate the advantages of internet, as well as the postponing of the practical corroboration of Brecht’s dream”.

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