Immersive and Liveness are just two buzzwords voiced with often little true comprehension.
At a day of panel discussion and presentations in a physical venue (21st April 2022) 50 mins in and the deafening rhetoric of self congratulatory ego at the expense of the general public was nauseating.
The case presentations were a saving grace but the inexcusable had been perpetuated.
Sat in the bleachers of a 100 capacity with an attendee count of 4 and 6 speaking guests I boiled while a panel of 4 blandly exchanged platitudes reflecting on a film festival injected with immersive delusions. A vanity for audience on a level that defies imagination.
There I was watching. No stream, time committed to being physically present wishing I was digital so I could turn off my camera and roll my eyes. No such luck.
And I inhaled… and said out loud… “Why are we (this microscopic audience) here?” It certainly wasn’t for a benefit I could attribute to the the audience.
I said it and 5 min of outrage ensued. Sorry but not Sorry! In defence of Liveness.
Liveness. It is perspective belonging to the observer. That can be online, offline, physical, digital or virtual. It’s Now.
Liveness for the presenters is peril and jeopardy, tension and attention. Provision for moderation and management of disruption should be expected and met with a sense of relief when all goes to plan.
Laziness during live is as criminal and passing off prerecorded as live. Perhaps even greater. Liveness is special.
Audience is everything. No audience no show. Record for capture but that’s not live. You get views not applause.
The tickets might be free but the time given ‘in kind’ to attend is valuable.