It's nigh-impossible to take this sort of posture seriously when podcasts like "Behind the Bastards" spend their time either talking about horrible people, or talking about the evil of iHeartRadio and how terrible their sponsors are. This isn't the "end of podcasting's innocence;" this is mass media moguls realizing that they missed out on squeezing money from Joe Rogan.
What these bad dumb losers opt to try to call podcasting but which is some bad new capitalist horsepucky? I'm not worried about it. It's a bad look. For everyone involved. It's not innocent, it's dull & diluted & money grubbing. And it sure as shit ain't podcasting! Sayonora losers! Your ability to take a decades old pure thing & suck at it, make it bad- that does not degrade the thing itself. It's just better than you, whatever you are.
Hopefully the podcast market dynamics are sufficiently different from syndicated FM radio to make this consolidation play fail.