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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: Most TED talks are very much focused on the speaker. The Mankoff one was unusual for including so many views of the audience. I thought the filming concept in the Mankoff was to include evidence of how audiences respond to different sorts of cartoons. The cameraman might have expected to capture something more than what he got.
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      Jul 9 2013: Mankoff's ex-wife was in the audience & the cameraman knew it. He shows her in video early in his TED talk. Then the cameraman shows the audience & his wife is in-frame.

      Or at least it LOOKS just like his wife! If it's important, someone at TED will check it out.

      I watched the video again, & although audience shots are generally good on late-night talk shows like Jay Lenno - they aren't THAT frequent. Or at least not as frequent as they are in the TEDmankoff video.

      Overally, I've been very satisfied w/the professional production value in nearly all TED videos. They certainly are NOT just home movies or standard Youtube fare.
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    Jul 9 2013: Only show the audience if it enhances the context of the talk. like raise of hands questions; the speaker pointing out someone in the audience; etc. Is TED trying to enforce na audience member stereotype by the panning the audience? What types are clapping/not clapping ?
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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.".
  • Jul 9 2013: I haven't viewed this as a problem. I'll keep my eyes open more, but I think you are talking about only a few talks.