Gary Wiz has been writing some interesting stuff on his blog lately about podcasting.
In his post Podcasting: The Cynical View, he makes the following statement:
Good content and good entertainment don't rely upon technology. They rely upon talent.
I think the problem with your argument here, and it's a common one, is that you think podcasting is about "good content and good entertainment". I don't. I think podcasting is more like the TELEPHONE than RADIO. It's about having conversations. Do you think that good conversations are about "talent"? Or just about people talking about things that are important to them?
Herein lies an important distinction that I think many people, particularly those with a media background, are missing.
One hundred years ago, people didn't sit in their living rooms listening to radio or watching TV. They talked to each other. They discussed, debated, challenged, agreed. Some of the topics of discussion were profound - others were not.
That's one of the things these new internet-enabled communication tools are allowing us to do - converse with each other, on a global scale.
Sure - they can be used for lots of things. They can be used for entertainment. But they can also be used for a lot more.
Podcasting isn't radio. Podcasting is more than radio. The medium is the message.