Editing shows respect. Steve Gillmor has put up his new video podcast Bad Sinatra which is him unedited wandering around and chatting to people. Now, I like Steve, and enjoy having rambling conversations with him about things, but I don't think it works as video. With video, as with audio, editing shows respect for your audience. To do a truly live or as-live show, like the splendid In Our Time, you need to plan it out in advance and choreograph it. Otherwise, you need to edit. Carefully.
If you want to hear a perfectly edited podcast, listen to Radiolab. I spend 90 minutes a day cycling and listening to my iPod, which is exactly the use case for podcasting I explained to the BBC a few years back. Now that shows of this quality are there to be downloaded regularly, my tolerance for self-indulgent rambling podcasts like bad voicemail messages is way down.
I made this point way back at the dawn of podcasting , when Chris Lydon's well-edited interviews inspired us to download them to our iPods. In the online world we are each others' media, as we mediate what is worth reading for each other through our blogs and link streams. This too, is a form of editing, and doing it shows respect for each other. Steve, tighten it up into something worth watching. My children know how to do it.