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To have the TED crew reconsider filming the audience

Not that I have anything against those audience members involved (really folks, you looked fine) but I want to see more Mankoff (or whoever is presenting) less audience. In fact, no audience. Why would I be interested in their reactions when I can form my own? If we are to grasp all that we can from the 20 minutes or less in which we're present, then filling some of this with others' reactions detracts from our own experiences. I asked TED "If Mankoff was lecturing on 16th century English history, or the anatomy of fresh-water snails, would we have seen 'us?'" Their polite reply was to start this conversation. So what do you think, those of you who read this? Do you want to see less "us" and more presenter? More "us," less presenter? Or don't your care?


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    Jul 9 2013: depends. if the speaker is a young woman, i prefer to see more of her. if not, audience.

    okay, seriously. i think it is there for those that can't afford to go in person. you can always think "at least i don't have to deal with that super annoying cameraman. i can watch videos in underwear.".

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