"Talking head" presentation

Subject: "Talking head" presentation
From: Liz Babcock <Liz_Babcock -at- C28B5 -dot- CHINALAKE -dot- NAVY -dot- MIL>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1993 11:49:59 -0800

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I think Ken d'Albenas makes an excellent point about videotaped presentations:
"No harm in trying, making mistakes, and improving." At the same time, the
example Ken uses--Alan Kay's presentation at STC's 1990 conference in Santa
Clara--is a good illustration of some of the difficulties inherent in
videotaping presentations.

Ken surmises that the videotape available to STC chapters after the
presentation was missing video clips and overhead projections because "No one
seemed to be manning the camcorder." If I remember correctly, the reason why
the tape contained only the "talking head" was that Apple Corporation would not
give permission for the visual aids to be reproduced. The whole question of who
owns what gets pretty sticky when someone like Alan Kay speaks. Is he speaking
as Alan Kay the computer guru, or as Alan Kay the representative of Apple?
Seems to me STC's conference planners have run into similar "stick wickets" in
attempts to videotape other presentations, too.

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