The killer app of podcasting

I've been waiting for the killer podcast to lure me into that technology, and now it has arrived: the Paris Hilton podcast. Fashion, home videos, television, Tribeca Film Festival, movies, and now podcasting. Paris Hilton is a multi-channel multimedia mogul.

This was my first year at the Tribeca Film Festival. I'm not sure what to think of the fact that House of Wax showed at the festival. How does that movie, which already has distribution, fit with any of the themes of the Tribeca Film Festival? At Sundance this year, we ran into Jenny McCarthy and her husband in Park City. They were surrounded by an entourage of guys dressed in Moviefone jackets. I thought, "Oh cool, she's here to see some movies." Turns out she was the star of a movie playing at Sundance. It's both a democratic and a humbling business. Interestingly, IMDb reports the weighted average user rating of the movie as 2.6 out of 10; when you look at the actual vote breakdown, the arithmetic mean is 6.9, but IMDb says that "various filters are applied to the raw data in order to eliminate and reduce attempts at 'vote stuffing' by individuals more interested in changing the current rating of a movie than giving their true opinion of it...the exact methods we use will not be disclosed." Jenny McCarthy and friends stuffing the ballot box? Wouldn't be the first thing she stuffed to get ahead in life.

In all seriousness, though, I do enjoy dropping a few podcasts on my iPod in the morning before heading out around town. Sometimes I need some background music for a subway ride, but other times I'm in the mood for something like, say, The Leonard Lopate Show (podcast link). In this post-Tivo age, podcasts suit my temperament because the moment they lose my interest I just fast forward or skip to the next one. I find myself wishing that some of my music buff friends would compile podcasts of their favorite new music, though I suspect the licensing rights for something like that are in favor of the labels. Does anyone know for certain?