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Phil Harvey

4:30 PM -- Was our final LRTV show from Globalcomm 2006 frat-produced? Was it silly to the point of pointless?

Hard for me to tell, being so close to the thing myself. But that's the allegation made by one Telefinity executive in an email to our feedback section:

This is not good. It’s silly to the point of pointless. It is not really funny, although it apparently tries to be. It jokes for no reason, and wastes my time. More like a frat-produced homemade project (and those are mostly better)

And, to act is if he is tired, was partying, and drinking and then to say “Drinking is what conferences are all about” – that was TERRIBLE. A bad example, and really not true.

I suggest you take this silly waste of time video clip down, as it does nothing to help your name, and doesn’t provide any useful info.

What help you could do is to get with Mr. Flanigan and help him design a booth numbering system that has some logic. The GlobalComm show wasted the time of thousands of us as we struggled unsuccessfully to find booths, even when we had the booth number. The booth numbers were in some sort of scheme that was illogical and unintelligible. And the map they gave out was useless – the booth info/numbers was in pale red color text at 6 or 5 point type. Who designs these things?

I genuinely appreciate your feedback, but, alas, we will not retire from the broadband video business and take up map-making. What makes you think we'd be any less silly on the printed page? I'm confident that, as mapmakers, we'd use darker ink and larger fonts. But I'm also sure that, as the kind of folks who ply puppets with alcohol and then film it, we might also joke for no reason and waste your time.

— Phil Harvey, Pointless Editor, Light Reading

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12/5/2012 | 3:51:19 AM
re: Reader Mail

Now Scott clearly Mr. Harvey was the most pointless and ridiculous thing at Globalcomm. :)

There were maps? I just wrote down booth numbers. For "reader", the numbers were overhead on big banners. Left to right (facing the hall from registration) the big numbers (29000 42000) went up. The little numbers (29020 29070) went up front to back (facing from registration). Occasionally booths interrupted aisles. You had to walk around them and the numbers picked up again.

Scott Raynovich
Scott Raynovich
12/5/2012 | 3:51:19 AM
re: Reader Mail
That message is funny in more than one way.

First, it's funny, cause the reader couldn't recognize satire if it sat on his head.

Second, he's funny cause he's right -- the maps were clearly the most ridiculous thing at the show. What were they thinking?
Lite Rock
Lite Rock
12/5/2012 | 3:51:18 AM
re: Reader Mail
I have to agree with Seven on the navigating the booth thingy. I was able to find all of the boths that I wanted to visit.

The map was actually a ruse. The real purpose was to determine those that could not decipher it and ID them for internal promotion.

As for your wrap up video, I enjoyed it much more than the Telefinity web site. Unlike the Telefinity executive, I don't see the benefit in telling them that it looks like it was designed by a 5th grader.

Looking forward to you next effort. Don't change a thing!
12/5/2012 | 3:51:17 AM
re: Reader Mail
re: As for your wrap up video, I enjoyed it much more than the Telefinity web site.

Nice one. Their Web site does look like it was patterned after a ransom note.

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