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I'm looking for a single word that describes both webinars and podcasts. Any ideas?

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Webinars are generally intended to be two-way communication (unless you're talking about a recording of the webinar that gets posted after the fact); podcasts are one-way. The only thing they have in common is the Internet, so... –  MT_Head Jul 9 '12 at 8:27
    
I agree with MT_Head. This question seems analogous to asking for a single word to describe a discussion and a broadcast. -1 –  Matt Эллен Jul 9 '12 at 9:34
    
I'm not sure that a webinar is a two-way thing.. That would be a conference. A webinar (online seminar) is surely one person addressing a crowd? Thus, both Podcast and Webinar are for broadcasting some kind of information. Therefore, I could go with Online Broadcast, Online Media or something similar. –  Karl Jul 9 '12 at 10:32
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@Karl: From what I know, some webinars are largely one-way, but most have the opportunity for at least some two-way communication, even if it's through a moderator. Furthermore, some are webinars are designed to foster much two-way interaction, particularly when the audience is small. All that said, "webinar" is a relatively newly-coined term, and may mean different things to different people. –  J.R. Jul 9 '12 at 10:43
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I can't help but feel that the question would be easier to answer if the original posted explained what they regard as being the common and differentiating features of "webinars" and "podcasts". Most of the suggestions in the answers thus far would be unsuitable in that if you used them without first explaining the context, it would not be clear what you are referring to, meaning you might as well just have said "webinars and podcasts". It's worth noting that two similar words will not necessarily have a hypernym and as always context is king. –  Christi Jul 9 '12 at 10:51
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I would suggest the word broadcast. A few decades ago, it was used as a hypernym for radio and television shows, and many dictionaries still explicitly list those media in their definition of broacast. However, in today's world – where people make phone calls over the internet – media boundaries are becoming more blurred than ever; I don't think anyone would have trouble expanding the boundaries of broadcast beyond radio and television. You could even specify internet broadcast if you felt like broadcast alone was not suited for your purposes. Webcast might be yet another alternative.

A webinar would be a two-way internet broadcast medium, while a podcast would a one-way internet broadcast medium.

Interestingly enough, the word broadcast was borrowed from agriculture, so it wouldn't hurt to bend it a little bit more than it's already been bent.

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Well some words are like prisoners in the bath, they don't feel comfortable to bend to get the slippery soap if you know what I mean JR ;-) Actually I have considered broadcast too, although I don't find meaning for large group of people talking in there, speaking about specific problems (webinar), so I left it. –  speedyGonzales Jul 9 '12 at 12:22
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@speedyGonzales: You make a good point about webinars, where most (if not all) of the attendees contribute. However, the resulting discussion is still broadcast to all the participants, so, for that reason, I think the word fits nonetheless. –  J.R. Jul 9 '12 at 15:50
    
@J.R.: I've decided on Webcasts. Thanks! –  cravr Jul 10 '12 at 1:38
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I would use propagate. The idea is that both webinars and podcasts spread information over the internet. The noun is propagation.

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I don't think this works. The OP s looking for a noun, you've provided a verb. –  Matt Эллен Jul 9 '12 at 8:07
    
I have edited my answer, are you happy now darling winks –  speedyGonzales Jul 9 '12 at 8:13
    
You would call a webinar a propagation? I don't think it's a very intuitive choice. Not entirely impossible though. –  Matt Эллен Jul 9 '12 at 8:17
    
Remember that the Italian word for propagation is propaganda. –  MT_Head Jul 9 '12 at 8:23
    
I'm sorry, but in Italian 'propaganda' is used mainly with meanings of 'advertising' (commercial) or 'electioneering' (politic). –  rosco Jul 9 '12 at 8:44
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What do you think about dissemination ?

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