I've been involved in a few discussions with folks about podcasting and the direction. It's interesting to see how people view podcasting and other new media trends. People generally fall into the classic two camps: part of the solution or part of the problem.
The real question is who's working on making the user experience better or developing innovation and new technology to bring on mainstream users. As we hit the 10 years of the web or Web 2.0 - Podcasting is really only barely 1.0.
There is so much more to podcasting than meets the eye.