The problem with Podcasting ...

Don't get me wrong - Podcasting is really interesting and a really cool distribution mechanism but .....

Maybe it is just because we still have a quality of speech radio against which to compare Podcasts here in the UK, that seems to have been largely lost in the US, but most of the podcasts I have listened to are overindulgent and unfocussed. They could all do with a bit of editing.

One of the things that made blogs work was being able to point to a particular post within a blog, even if the rest of that blog was awful. The trouble with Podcasts is that you can't point to items within a Podcast, and thereby achieve the editing process yourself, you have to listen through to all of it.

[Later] Doc IM'd me to point out that Jon Udell has a way of pointing to parts of podcasts. I'll keep quiet now.