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Speakers’ Corner, Sunday 12th March

In News for Speakers' Corner on May 13, 2019 at 3:10 pm

“You can have the other words – chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.” 
Mary Oliver.

1. Tim Brunero’s sixteen politicians were interesting and spoke well.  Your diligent scribe filmed them all. However, when editing the videos I aimed to get rid of the rhetoric and the anecdotes, and focus on the policies. But the video still ended up being more than 35 minutes long. That’s 33 minutes too long for this day and age. So, then I figured I’d include just the fun bits. But that would have been doing the politicians a disservice – they had put a lot of work into their presentations and it would not be fair of me to trivialise their efforts for your amusement.

Result: No video. And I have wasted far too much time on the thing to now write a review of what happend on the day.

I learned a few things though. Here are three tips for any politician giving a speech:
1. Don’t waste your time (or our time) complaining about the situation. We already know there is a problem.

2.  Instead, spend the time telling us:
a) your policies. What will you specifically recommend once you’re in parliament? (Giving us platitudes like “We will protect the environment” doesn’t cut the proverbial mustard.)
b) how will you fund your policies?

3. Have a website with your policies on each issue clearly outlined. Anticipate at least twenty possible objections or questions about each policy, and address them.

P.S. Extra tip: in future, when you “go out and talk to the people”, talk to the smart ones. Pooled ignorance creates neither knowledge nor wisdom.

Who dropped a name tag?

2. There has been disatisfaction with Tim’s Speakers’ Corner 2.0.

The complaints:
1. The amplification means that the power now rests too much with the speaker. In the old days the hecklers had a chance to speak. For the speaker to be able to drown out hecklers and ignore awkward questions is a big step backwards.

2. The publicity has assisted Tim but not the rest of us mainstayers. On Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live program Tim gave the impression to some listeners that since the 1970’s Speakers’ Corner’s has been defunct, and that he was bringing it back.

3. Members of the audience felt uncomfortable knowing that their comments would be recorded and live streamed. They were concerned that what they said might adversely affect their reputation, so they were forced to remain silent.

4. The amplification would drown out other speakers wanting to speak across the way.

5. This new method overwhelms a tradition going back more than 140 years. Some things should never change.

The praise.
1. The amplification means that the power now rests with the speaker. In the old days the hecklers had a chance to respond. For a speaker to be able to drown out hecklers and ignore awkward questions is a big step forward.

2. We have been getting publicity. On Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live program Tim reminded people of Speakers’ Corner and this website suddenly got fifty new visitors and 150 views.

3. Members of the audience were grateful for the opportunity to express their comments, knowing that their livestreamed comments would reach a wider audience.

4. The amplification would draw crowds and make it easier for the audience to hear the speaker.

5. This new method brings a crusty, 140 year old tradition into the 21st century. The world is changing and we need to adapt.

Tick which is applicable:
If you like Tim’s innovation, be pleased, because there are two more to come.
If you like Tim’s innvation, be disappointed, because there are only two more to come.

If you don’t like Tim’s innovation, be pleased, because there are only two more to come.
If you don’t like Tim’s innovation, be disappointed, because there are two more to come.

Thanks to Victor Zammit for this photo of John Webster and his throng.

 

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  1. I’d hate to get pernickety with you but there were 16 speakers.They represented the 1 the Hemp party 2 the Science party3the Conservatives 4the Animal Justice 5Shooters Fishers etc6the Together party7Flux party8the one representing involuntary medication9the Workers party10the Love Australia or leave 11Socialist Alliance 12Seniors party 13Sustainable party14Pirate party15secular16affordable housing party.typical of you to forget my lot.

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