What do you do with a Webcast?

17 Jan

An editor e-mailed me today asking,

Which of these words is preferred with “webcast”? Does one join a webcast? Attend a webcast? Watch a webcast?

I replied,

I would say that you watch or view a webcast. (Unless it’s audio only, of course.)

You might attend a Web seminar or meeting. The word “attend” implies some degree of presence and maybe interactivity, whereas a webcast is more often something that you passively consume.

To me, join is best used to describe the specific act of logging in or connecting to a Web event.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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